Funny or Die Locks Multi-Year Deal for Future Slate of Comedy Features
With National Lampoon being nothing more than a remnant of itself despite having films like Animal House and the Vacation franchise in the past, it's time for a new comedy group to hit the big screen. Funny or Die (created by collaborators and comedy big shots Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Chris Henchy) has been one of the prime spots for comedy on the Internet, and they even took their laughs to TV with a series on HBO (which varied from being weird to genuinely hilarious) and produced last year's indie comedy Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie. Now THR has word that the Funny or Die team is working with producer Scott Steindorff and his Scott Pictures as part of a multi-year deal to create feature comedies. Read on!
Will Ferrell just recently congratulated Funny or Die on their 5 million Twitter followers:
After launching in 2007 and delivering endless hilarious digital shorts and web series from established comedy writers, producers, directors and stars, the name has become a comedic giant. Therefore, teaming with the producer of The Lincoln Lawyer and the forthcoming Jane Got a Gun seems weird, but the trade says the pairing came from Steindorff's desire to do more than just a stand-alone feature with the Funny or Die crew, and turn their name into a brand that produces two comedies each year starting with a couple going into production as early as this summer. Steindorff says, “The hope is that in one of the two or three movies, we find the next Animal House or breakaway comedy."
The plan is to make films that can be at the microbudget level or cost upwards of $25 million. CEO of Funny or Die says, "We're not looking to find some scripts and make just a bunch of movies. We're looking to enhance the brand though this venture." However, not all of these films could end up on the big screen as they're open to the traditional studio path and digital downloads and VOD (which is becoming more and more lucrative for indie films).
Either way, with all the talent that ends up on Funny or Die, there's the potential for plenty of great comedies here. And in case you're wondering where Funny or Die co-creator Will Ferrell stands on this topic, an official statement said, "Will is riding a bike now eating a tuna sub and reading the script for Elf 2: Sao Paulo Nights but just gave me a big thumbs up on this whole deal for Funny Or Die pictures."