Paramount’s hitting the campus, setting up a feature development deal with the CollegeHumor.com Web site and Par-based Alphaville.
CollegeHumor.com, which reaches 9 million visitors per month, and Alphaville partner Sean Daniel are aiming to find feature projects reflecting the college experience along the lines of 1978’s hit comedy “National Lampoon’s Animal House.” Daniel was the Universal exec who oversaw “Animal House.”
“This deal is just a scam to get our names listed on IMDb,” joked Ricky Van Veen, one of the four founders of the site. “What better person to get into the movie business with than the guy who brought together the National Lampoon with ‘Animal House’?”
The six-year-old Web site, professing to be “Your Source for Nothing,” specializes in the tacky and tasteless with a preference for scantily clad coeds, vehicular mishaps, animals in odd locations and a wide variety of photos displaying large numbers of beer cans. For its April Fool’s Day edition, the entire site became a bogus promotional vehicle for Philip Morris, with such features as “smoking success stories” and Lindsay Lohan as “cool smoker of the day.”
Daniel, who produced “The Mummy,” “The Mummy Returns” and “The Scorpion King” with partner Jim Jacks, said the alliance with the Web site can lead to multiple features given Paramount’s stated desire to seek younger-skewing fare.
CollegeHumor.com signed a book deal with Penguin a few months ago, with the “CollegeHumor.com Guide to College” expected to be released in April. Site also operates a comedy tour.
Daniel, Jacks and Van Veen will be producers on the first project. Exec VP Brian Witten and Marc Evans are overseeing for Par.