In a galaxy that is unfortunately not so far away, the team behind Scary Movie is developing yet another parody film, and this time it is the world of George Lucas coming under fire — get ready for helmet jokes galore. Director/writer duo Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer will direct a #StarWars parody under the title Star Worlds Episode XXXIVE=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue. Is nothing sacred anymore? Unsurprisingly the film will riff off the more recent adventures of the Skywalker clan and undoubtedly be littered with Jar Jar Binks cameos.
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Friedberg and Seltzer will surely be up copyright creek without a paddle when #Disney hears about this, but the duo are aiming to start shooting in late 2017 with a presumed 2018 release date. Known for their lackluster catalogue of films, which started with 1996's Spy Hard, there is seemingly no stopping the pair's relentless war against cinema. Todd Garner from Broken Road Productions will co-produce the film with Covert Media CEO Paul Hanson, while Covert will also finance the project. Hanson seems hopeful that the project can emulate the success of Scary Movie, rather than their more recent work:
"Jason and Aaron are a powerhouse duo who have proven time and time again that they are fully tapped into the what audiences love...Their fearless take on pop culture has us beyond thrilled to tackle the world’s most popular franchise with the two of them leading us into a galaxy far, far away."
Everyone has time for Scary Movie; from Carmen Electra's bouncing bosoms to launching the career of Anna Faris, Scary Movie was a refreshing take on the horror genre and unique for its time. Sadly, the duo's work descended into lunacy more recently with the likes of Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie and the 0% rated The Starving Games. Scary Movie is a rare diamond in the rough for the pair, but do they really have the credentials to take on one of cinema's best-loved franchises? It is surprising it has taken this long for the Scary Movie crew to hop on the Han Solo hype, but you can't help but feel that those kind of gross-out #comedy films have had their day.
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Star Wars has been the butt of the joke before, parodied in the likes of Family Guy and Adult Swim's Robot Chicken, but most famously back in 1987 with Spaceballs. Starring Bill Pullman, John Candy, and Rick Moranis, Mel Brooks's slapstick sci-fi went on to be a cult classic, and although a sequel to Spaceballs was even teased inside the original film, it never came to be. Although an animated sequel aired in 2008, a live-action continuation has been long-mooted. Brooks said that he hoped Rick Moranis would return, but a full cast sequel would be impossible due to the deaths of John Candy, Joan Rivers, Dick Van Patten, and Dom DeLuise.
Brooks most recently spoke out on the issue in 2015, saying that if we were ever to see Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money it would be perfectly timed to come out alongside one of the (continuing) Star Wars films. If there were to be any kind of Star Wars parody, chances are that audiences would prefer Spaceballs, not the cast of Harold and Kumar making pube jokes.
Only time will tell if Friedberg and Seltzer have the (space)balls to pull off a Star Wars parody, or if it will just be another Epic Movie car crash — it will most likely be the latter. Cue jokes about someone using their penis as a lightsaber, or using CinnaBuns to make a Princess Leia haircut. In the words of Moranis's character Dark Helmet, “Now you see that evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.”
Check out the "escape pod" scene and jazzy soundtrack from Spaceballs, and don't forget our poll below!
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(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)