Cheech and Chong plan a new film. Actress Rae Dawn Chong says her father and his ex-partner have agreed to star in a movie she wrote for them

By Gary Susman
January 31, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
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It’s been 18 years since Cheech and Chong made a movie together, but the veteran stoner comics are ready to roll with the changes. So says Rae Dawn Chong, Tommy Chong’s daughter, who says she and her sister Robbi have persuaded dad and ex-partner Richard ”Cheech” Marin to reunite for a movie Rae Dawn wrote, called ”Cheech and Chong Get Blunt.” The actress tells E! that she’s currently looking for a dealer, er, distributor to finance the project.

Best known for acting in such films as ”Commando” and ”Soul Man,” Rae Dawn came up with a screenplay that would have the trippy twosome sentenced to do community service as anti-drug counselors. Rae Dawn, Robbi, dad, and Cheech plan to produce the film, even though they may not ultimately use Rae Dawn’s screenplay. ”I think that my script, if it gets used, would be great,” she tells E! ”But if it doesn’t, I think it inspired them.”

In the ’70s and ’80s, Cheech and Chong had several hits, including the movies ”Up in Smoke,” and ”Still Smokin’,” but they split in 1985 over a ”creative difference,” Rae Dawn tells Variety. In recent years, Marin costarred with Don Johnson on the series ”Nash Bridges” and has had character roles in such movies as ”Tin Cup” and ”Spy Kids,” while Tommy Chong has found renewed popularity as aging stoner Leo on ”That ’70s Show.”

Rae Dawn says that, despite the duo’s long absence from the screen, Cheech and Chong are far from bongwater-stale. ”With war looming, it’s a good time to laugh, and pot culture hasn’t waned at all,” she tells Variety. She asserts that dad and Cheech are both up to the task. ”Both guys are sharper than ever, because they’ve both become health and workout nuts.” Even if the project goes up in smoke, Tommy Chong still has plans to write and direct a movie of his own, called (heh heh) ”Best Buds.”