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Mike Judge and Jason Bateman Creating Extract

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April 28, 2008
Source: Hollywood Reporter

Mike Judge

Mike Judge is still one of the most underrated comedic filmmakers working these days. Despite Idiocracy was mishandled by Fox and ended up a flop anyway, Office Space will still remain one of the comedy greats of all-time, as will Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, one of Judge's other creations. Now Judge has a new project in the works - Extract. The film sounds like Office Space from the other side: what it's like to be the boss when everything seems to be shifting around you. Jason Bateman will star and thankfully Miramax will distribute this time, although that unofficially makes this an independent film, but we're still holding out for Judge this time around.

Extract is being setup under Mike Judge's new production company called Ternion Productions. The film actually follows a flower extract plant owner (played by Bateman) dealing with workplace issues and a stream of bad luck, including his wife's affair with a gigolo. While there are no details yet regarding when this will go into production, we can guess that it will shoot sometime later this year for a 2009 release. We'll update you if that changes or if we hear about any other major updates.

I actually really hated Idiocracy when I saw it in theaters (go read my review). It was one of the stupidest movies I've seen in my entire life that had no redeaming qualities besides "Brawndo: The Thirst Mutilator". Despite that disaster, I actually still do think Judge could pull off another great comedy. This time he's got Bateman at the helm, which is a great start, and the concept doesn't sound too bad. If anything, it sounds like Judge is going back to his work-atmosphere roots. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping Extract turns out great.

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  • Kyle A. K.
    I think Idiocracy is under-rated. Granted it is not a GREAT movie..and it is utterly depressing but it is funny too. I like the movie because I am half afraid Idiocracy is right. But any movie that Judge does I am sold on.
  • And let's not forget the amazing, heartfelt work that Judge is doing on "King of The Hill". It's funny, flawed, yet true characters are great in their own right. Who doesn't love propane and propane accessories? No one! I think that Judge needs to pull in the humor reigns a bit, get back to closer to real people having real, albeit hilarious problems, as he did in "Office Space". "Idiocracy" could have been a much better film if he'd just toned it down a bit and went with black humor and smart satire, as opposed to the broad slapstick strokes he chose. - Bill Creator of the Denton Ward and Monty Crocetti mystery series
  • Andrew
    I am still a huge fan of Idiocracy. I think more people need to watch it and wake up!
  • Stefanovich
    I with Andrew. Idiocracy was great. Batin' !
  • harrison
    haha yea idiocracy is underrated, while not great it was good for some laughs, but office space ranks up there with the best comedys and sorry bill, but king of the hill is one of the worst shows ever i cannot understand how anyone can like it, i cant stand 20 seconds of it, watching that could make idiocracy a possibility
  • Luciano
    Mike Judge is back? its about time man, all this crap we had to deal with, damn. O and idiocracy was, is, will be the movie to lurn from.

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