Intermedia has bought “Heavy Metal Thunder,” a fish-out-of-water spec comedy that its sibling scribes, Luke and Jeremy Jackson, will make their feature directing debut.
“Heavy Metal Thunder” revolves around two good-natured but rather hapless mall food-court employees who go undercover in the Hell’s Angels, hoping to collect the million-dollar bounty placed on the gang’s notorious leader.
Pic will be produced by Jonathan Schwartz of Crispy Films and Bobby Newmyer and Scott Strauss of Outlaw Prods.
The siblings made something of an industry impression with their short “The King of Utah,” which Schwartz produced. “The short was very funny and had enough heart to sustain itself once the dry-humping joke was revealed several minutes into the movie,” said Intermedia production prexy Scott Kroopf, who acquired the spec. “The feature script has the same kind of heart and reminded me of a movie I did a long time ago, ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.’ It’s two guileless guys on an odyssey of self-discovery, and it has the potential to be very funny.”
Script was brought in by Intermedia execs Devin Schiff and Lindsey Dold. Kroopf said the Jackson brothers are doing a rewrite, and the company expects to make this film this year.
“The scale of the movie isn’t that large, and we could get a studio partner or raise the money independently,” he said. “The guys have a lot of fans around town, so we’ll leave it up to the world.”