As hilarious as the 2008 movie “Tropic Thunder” was, I think most people would agree the best part of the movie was the collection of fake trailers at the beginning. It seems Ben Stiller feels the same way, as Deadline announced this week Stiller’s Red Hour Digital will launch “The Fake Trailer Project” later this year.
The plan right now is to release 12 trailer parodies online over the course of 12 weeks, and Stiller is actively recruiting big-name actors and filmmakers to participate. “Tropic Thunder” co-writer Justin Theroux, “Night at the Museum” writers Tom Lennon and Ben Garant and “Clueless” director Amy Heckerling are already on board to contribute. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of Stiller’s other frequent collaborators such as Owen Wilson or Jack Black crop up in at least one of the trailers, which will tackle multiple genres.
Thanks to YouTube, fake movie trailers are fairly commonplace nowadays, but if Stiller’s parodies are on par with the strongest “Tropic Thunder” trailer — an Oscar bait picture called “Satan’s Alley” starring Robert Downey Jr.’s Kirk Lazarus and Tobey Maguire — I’m definitely on board.
Deadline reports the online distributor for “The Fake Trailer Project” should be announced soon, and the trailers should be released in the late fall or winter.
Here’s the trailer for “Satan’s Alley” for a taste of what to expect from the Web series:
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