'Fear, Inc.' Duo Sets Christian Film Industry Satire 'Faith Based' (Exclusive)

Luke Barnett, Tanner Thomason - H 2019
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The comedy will see Luke Barnett and Tanner Thomason play friends who hope to tap into the lucrative faith-based film market.

The faith-based film industry is getting the comedy treatment thanks to director Vincent Masciale and writer Luke Barnett.

The two — who worked regularly with Funny or Die before launching their own Lone Suspect production company — are teaming on Faith Based. Described as a satire of the Christian film industry, the movie will see Barnett and Tanner Thomason (another Funny or Die regular) play two idiot friends who realize that all faith-based films make "buckets of cash" and then set out on a mission to make one such movie of their own. 

Lone Suspect will produce with Giles Daoust (The Death of Stalin, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot) for Title Media, Thomason and Tim Kerigan. Catherine Dumonceaux and Matthew Emerson will executive produce.

Faith Based marks the second film from Masciale and Barnett. Their first, horror comedy Fear, Inc, starred Abigail Breslin and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

As producers, their credits include the recently shot Anderson Falls (starring Gary Cole and Shawn Ashmore), Painkillers (Madeline Zima, Mischa Barton) and Loitering with Intent (Sam Rockwell, Marisa Tomei). The duo is also developing television projects with talent like Patton Oswalt, Jane Lynch and Daniel Stern.

Barnett and Masciale are repped by APA and attorney Ashley Silver at Bloom-Hergott. Thomason is at Gersh.