'Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie' Shooting with Will Ferrell & More
They've already stamped their brand of comedy onto Cartoon Network's "mature" late night programming Adult Swim schedule with their series "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" but now comedians Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim are now making their way towards the big screen. As a matter of fact, The Wrap reports the duo is already shooting Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, a comedy that will also feature appearances by Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte, William Atherton (Ghostbusters), and Robert Loggia (Independence Day). So what's the movie about?
Wareheim says the film follows he and Heidecker as they "literally get a billion dollars to make a movie, and we make it, and things go awry, and Tim and I just decide to get out of Hollywood and become businessmen in an abandoned mall." But Heidecker corrected him by saying, "Semi-abandoned mall. About 10 percent occupancy." This already sounds like it's going to have the same off-the-wall craziness that makes the duo's series such a hilarious trip. Heidecker also says this is definitely the biggest project they've ever worked on:
"It's definitely the biggest thing we've ever done in terms of scope of the size of the production. Relative to other films, it's tiny, but to us, it's the biggest thing we've ever done, the biggest crew we've ever worked with and the most professional thing we've ever done. And the challenge is to fight against the professionalism and keep things loose."
Along the lines of keeping things loose, when the producers were asked how much their movie was going to cost, they confirmed that it would be $1 billion. Along with the fact that this might be the first billion dollar movie (wink-wink), Wareheim also thinks it may set another record. The comedian says, "It's long past due, but this film offers the Academy the perfect opportunity to award a best picture film to a comedy and maybe even preemptively. I don't know how that works, but we could be looking at a situation where the Oscar is awarded before the film is released." Um yea, that sounds about right to me.
The question will be whether or not Tim and Eric's comedic style can last past the usual episodic spurts of comedy on Adult Swim. As someone who can enjoy a wacky series like "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" in small doses, the feature film just didn't keep the hilarity coming for an hour and a half. Of course with talents like Ferrell, Reilly, Galifianakis and Forte on board (all having appeared on Tim and Eric's series before), this could very well turn out to be a great comedy. What do you guys think? Is there any potential?