‘Star Wars’ Spoof ‘Star Worlds’ in the Works From ‘Scary Movie’ Duo

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A spoof of the Star Wars franchise is in development with Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, whose credits include the Scary Movie franchise, “Epic Movie” and “Vampires Suck.”

The duo will write and direct the project, titled “Star Worlds Episode XXXIVE=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue.” Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson (“District 9”) is producing the film alongside Broken Road Productions’ Todd Garner (“True Memoirs of an International Assassin”).

The film is currently in pre-production targeting a fall shoot. “Star Worlds” is being fully financed by Covert Media, whic will launch worldwide sales on the film at the Berlin Film Festival this week.

“Jason and Aaron are a powerhouse duo who have proven time and time again that they are fully tapped into the what audiences love,” Hanson said. “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.”

The film is the second project announced under the two-year first look deal between Covert and Broken Road. The partnership announced the underwater thriller “Resurface” in May at the Cannes Film Festival.

Executive producers on “Star Worlds” include Covert’s Elissa Friedman, Media Content Capital’s Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine and Broken Road’s Jeremy Stein.

Mel Brooks spoofed the first three “Star Wars” movies in 1987 with “Spaceballs,” which starred  Brooks, Bill Pullman, John Candy, Rick Moranis,  Daphne Zuniga and Dick Van Patten. “Spaceballs” grossed $38 million domestically for MGM.

Friedberg and Seltzer are represented by Fourth Wall Management and Paradigm. The deal was negotiated by Covert’s Chet Devaskar and Paradigm on behalf of the filmmakers.

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  1. Britton says:

    “Jason and Aaron are a powerhouse duo who have proven time and time again that they are fully tapped into the what audiences love,” this is the most inaccurate statement ever…

    I am completely baffled that these two guys keep getting funding for their movies. HOW???? Who is funding them??? Stop it. Please, stop it.

    How do we petition for this to not happen??? They do not have a single movie that could even remotely be considered funny. None of their movies have a rating above a 4 on IMDB (most are in the “2’s”. They should not be allowed to make movies anymore… let alone touch Star Wars. Them making this movie might make it so Mel Brooks refuses to make Spaceballs 2. That, in and of itself, should mean they should not be allowed to touch Star Wars. This sucks.

  2. Lenny says:

    Pg 13 and terrible. I hate hollywood.

    • Vincent says:

      As if the rating were the problem. There are plenty of funny movies rated PG-13 and even PG. Granted, more can be done without constraints, but it’s still possible to work within constraints and come up with solid comedy. Provided you have the talent for it. What there *isn’t* is a funny movie written by Friedberg & Seltzer alone. They do not have the talent, regardless of rating. This movie will be garbage for lack of talent, not for its constraints.

  3. “Jason and Aaron are a powerhouse duo who have proven time and time again that they are fully tapped into the what audiences love,” – which is why their past few projects have been direct-to-video :P

  4. elric301 says:

    We can’t have SPACEBALLS 2. But we get THIS?

    Oy…

  5. erin says:

    Hard pass….these two guys are no talent hacks! All their movies are unfunny trash!

  6. Vincent E. L. (yeah, I'll stand by this comment) says:

    Dear media, please stop referring to Friedberg & Seltzer as “Scary Movie duo”. Their connection to that franchise is weak at best. There were many writers attached to the first Scary Movie, and Friedberg & Seltzer have proven in everything they’ve done since that they didn’t write any of the jokes in it. Because they can’t write jokes. At all. They write references, and that’s it. “Look, it’s that thing you remember from that other movie, except cheaper”, followed not by a punchline but by “Look, it’s another thing from another movie”. Every single movie they’ve written without other writers has been unfunny garbage, and their direction has not elevated the material. Clearly, anything funny in Scary Movie can’t possibly be thanks to their input (and they had nothing to do with the sequels, except maybe getting residuals for some characters left over from the first one). Their loose connection to Scary Movie is the only excuse for their shared career to have survived. It’s what they name drop in their trailers to trick audiences into paying to see them not deliver any jokes. These are the guys who looked at 300, thought “hey, we can spoof that” and all they came up with was “Meet the Spartans”. You’ve got the increasingly ridiculous works of Frank Miller and the entire swords & sandals genre, as well as religious epics, westerns, Dune, and basically anything with sand in it to pull from, and…have you seen “Meet the Spartans”? It’s the worst movie I’ve ever forced myself to sit through. After a while, I was watching just to see if I could spot a single joke. I did not. Nothing. Not a single punchline. I was really hungering for a decent swords & sandals parody after 300, too.

    So please, stop associating these humorless hacks with a franchise they had almost nothing to do with, that only – to the limited extent that it did work – worked thanks to the Wayanses and the Abrahams/Zuckers. When your average layperson sees the words “Scary Movie duo”, they think you’re talking about other people. People with at least some comedic talent, who have actually written what could pass for jokes at some point in their careers. People who worked on “Airplane!” and “In Living Color”. Not Friedberg & Seltzer. Never Friedberg & Seltzer. Never again. Please. Stop legitimizing them as comedic filmmakers. They have not earned that.

  7. Scott says:

    Wow, what a surprise! This totally untalented duo are stealing ideas to make crud instead of coming up with original thought. Perhaps that lack of talent is why they are incapable of creating humour in ‘comedy’ movies.
    Public, please stop watching their movies so they go away.

  8. bjau75 says:

    ““Star Worlds Episode XXXIVE=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue”

    Already irritating and I haven’t even seen the movie yet.

  9. ninvoid99 says:

    Filmmakers? They’re not talented enough to be called filmmakers. They’re not even bad filmmakers who at least have a bit of talent. Porno filmmakers have more talented than these hacks. They are the bottom of the barrel. They don’t even make movies to be called bad films. It is trash in the lowest form as their so-called parody films are lazily made w/ whoever is hot at the moment and whatever dated pop culture reference they put in. They are scum.

  10. Jonah Kyle says:

    Ten to one it will be as bad as “Spaceballs.”

    • Vincent says:

      At least Spaceballs had jokes. Even someone who didn’t like that movie can recognize that there are tons of setups, punchlines and sight gags in it, whether or not they land. F&S movies don’t even have bad jokes; they just have references that go nowhere. There’s a fundamental, structural misunderstanding of what even constitutes a joke in the works of Friedberg & Seltzer.

    • Jim says:

      Spaceballs is awesome……100% chance it’s nowhere near as funny as Spaceballs.

      • Jonah Kyle says:

        I was going by the “liberal” reviews of the movie at the time. They thought it was pretty bad, though I enjoyed it myself.

    • Michael says:

      Except, Spaceballs is a classic… If you think it’s bad, you have absolutely no sense of humor whatsoever.

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