YouTube sensations Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox are taking their YouTube channel to the big screen. The two men are behind the popular channel SMOSH which has over 18 million subscribers on their main channel and has been the most subscribed YouTube channel on three different occasions. Now these YouTube stars are taking their talents to Hollywood signing a deal with Lionsgate who now has worldwide distribution rights to The SMOSH Movie.
The movie will be a co-production between Defy Media and DreamWorks Animation’s AwesomenessTV and will essentially be an extension of their YouTube channel. It will follow the journey of the pair through YouTube as they attempt to take an embarrassing photo off the internet. Not only will YouTube play an integral part in the film, other familiar faces will appear including: Jenna Marbles, Grace Helbig, Shane Dawson, “Markiplier”and Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval. Also, keep an eye out for wrestler Steve Austin and comedian Michael Ian Black.
The Smosh Movie is said to be an updated and modern version of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989). In fact, it will be directed by Alex Winter who starred in the hit comedy as Bill. It was reported that there were many bids for the rights to the film but in the end, Lionsgate was chosen because of its capability to understand the digital world.
Lionsgate president of acquisitions and co-productions, Jason Constantine, stated that “The SMOSH Movie brings to life a YouTube. comedy franchise beloved by fans around the world and reflects our commitment to extend storytelling in exciting new directions that reach today’s digital audience.” Granted, no distribution details have been released for the movie yet. Lionsgate could decide to make it available in theater or digitally, we are still waiting for specifics and a release date. What we do know is that the film is now in post-production so it shouldn’t be long until we hear some more updates!
We suggest if you don’t know SMOSH you get familiar with their aesthetic if you are planning to see the film. Their style isn’t for everyone but personally, we can get behind it.
What do you think of SMOSH getting their own film? Will you watch it?
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