Lionsgate Acquires Rights to ‘The Smosh Movie,’ Starring YouTube Comedy Duo


Lionsgate has picked up global distribution rights to “The Smosh Movie,” starring the YouTube comedy duo of Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, banking on their Internet celebrity to drive audiences to the feature-length film.

Production was jointly financed by DreamWorks Animation’s AwesomenessTV, headed by Brian Robbins, and Defy Media, a digital media company in which Lionsgate has an equity interest.

The film’s producers describe it as “a high-concept ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ for 2014” — and in fact, it’s being helmed by Alex Winter, who co-starred in the 1989 comedy alongside Keanu Reeves. The movie revolves around an embarrassing video of Anthony that surfaces online right before his fifth high school reunion. The Smosh dudes then race to pull down the clip before it blows Anthony’s chances of reconnecting with his teen crush Anna.

At this point, Lionsgate has not determined a release date or distribution plan for “The Smosh Movie.” The film may have a theatrical window in addition to digital and VOD, or it could be released day-and-date with digital or be digital-only. Shooting has been completed on the film, which is now in post-production.

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“’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,” Jason Constantine, Lionsgate’s president of acquisitions and co-productions, said in a statement.

Smosh — Defy Media’s most iconic property — has more than 30 million combined YouTube subscribers, along with 19 million social media followers and 12 million monthly unique website visitors. The movie production “marks a major next step in super-serving our audience of millions and an opportunity to entertain millions more,” Defy Media CEO Matt Diamond said.

In addition to Padilla (above, right) and Hecox, “The Smosh Movie” will feature YouTube stars Jenna Marbles, Grace Helbig, Harley Morenstein, Shane Dawson, Mark Fischbach (“Markiplier”) and Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval, along with Jillian Nelson, Brittany Ross, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Michael Ian Black.

Added Robbins, “Smosh is one of the most treasured brands on YouTube, and Ian and Anthony are big-time comedic talents. Once we read Eric Falconer’s script, we knew we had something different and exciting.”

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Exec producers of “The Smosh Movie” are Brett Bouttier, Joe Davola, Barry Blumberg, Shauna Phelan, Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox. Brian Robbins serves as producer. Eric Falconer (“Blue Mountain State,” “How I Met Your Mother”) wrote the script, directed by Alex Winter (“Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “Freaked”). The film was partially shot at YouTube Space LA.

Deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Constantine, SVP of acquisitions Eda Kowan and EVP business and legal affairs for acquisitions and co-productions Wendy Jaffe. AwesomenessTV was repped by United Talent Agency.

Lionsgate also recently inked a first-look deal with YouTube creator Freddy Wong and his Rocket Jump Studios, producers of the “Video Game High School” series, to create original longform content for digital audiences. The studio also has another deal with AwesomenessTV and YouTube pranksters The Janoskians for a film project.

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  1. Ally says:

    Why not Game Grumps?

  2. Sierra says:

    Just wanted to make a correction: it’s Mark Fischbach, not Fischback.

  3. chelsey says:

    wene smosh the movie come out and u guys are cool and we are you going to make watchuseliveandstuff

  4. lily king says:

    omg im going to see it but i have to know when it is

  5. duskyglider says:

    Before making a crappy movie could you wait until they finish creating their game which is meant to be finished by now….

  6. Sam Menhennet says:

    Oh Lionsgate.. This is amazing.. but you had to ruin it with the Janoskians! really thats just disgusting & pathetic. -.-

  7. Love the cross over between platforms. Exciting times.

  8. Savvoi says:


  9. yoel says:

    WTF???? Stone cold???? Damn this gotta be good…..

  10. AbDuL says:

    Better not censor the movie to make it kid-friendly, Nickelodeon ruined fred, and i bet the smosh movie will be released there, because, honestly…..where else are you gonna watch it, besides DVD? They already appeared on Awesomeness T.V. and now a movie? MOVIES RUIN YOUTUBERS IMO. If this movie is to be done, let it be done by a company that’ll allow its crude, vulgar, ranchy comedy, i personally believe smosh still got it in them, just for the love of god, do not fuck it up.

  11. Roxane says:

    OMG OMG OMG OMH OMFG AHHHHHHHHHHHH !!!!!!!!! . Ok sorry but like omg a smosh movie with Shane Dawson when will it come out im not joking really when ?

    (fangirls) (faints)

  12. Alex says:

    I’m trying to think of a movie I’m less interested in seeing…. nothing comes to mind.

  13. Batman says:

    Sweet duuude

  14. I love classic Smosh, but the premise of this movie just seems like such a waste of talent and opportunity. Bill and Ted’s was fantastic for it’s entirely outlandish plot; at its most basic level it’s two dudes who need to get an ‘A’ on a history paper; but they do it by traveling through time and space, kidnapping famous people, and, like winning, through the power of ROCK!

    I really hope this movie succeeds, but unless Ian and Anthony are actually destined to save the world with the help of reality-warping aliens, it’s just another stupid cash grab like the Fred movie.

    If it is? Like, whoa.

  15. A says:

    I feel like the other you tubers are just kind of piggy backing their way to fame here

  16. Joseph W. says:

    Ooh… I loved Bill And Ted.
    Can’t wait for this!

  17. Glenn C. says:

    The story sounds cliched and stupid. Sorry.

  18. Never realized how hairy Anthony’s arms are…

  19. Felipe says:

    Is it real? Oh my god, I can’t believei t. Congratulations, guys!

  20. Adam says:

    No pewdiepie:(

  21. Leon says:

    Why you didn’t put pewdiepie in movie???

  22. I am so happy for these guys. Both Ian and Anthony are such hard workers and they deserve the spotlight into this movie.. I only hope they will benefit even more from this opportunity and their determination on keeping their fans happy and proud. i wish them the best of luck and Ill be there supporting the guys throughout the journey!

  23. Hein says:

    At first i thought “well, this could either be a great flop like the Fred movie, or an average movie” but then i saw that markiplier was gonna be in it… i think it will be the best movie ever!!!

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