Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
Getting spoofed by the Scary Movie guys is sort of a Hollywood rite of passage at this point, so maybe in some twisted way this counts as an honor. Except no, not really. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the geniuses who brought you Date Movie, Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, etc., are set to write and direct The Starving Games, a no doubt hilarious parody of The Hunger Games and other recent action blockbusters. More details after the jump.
Along with The Hunger Games, The Starving Games will also take aim at The Avengers, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and presumably several other hits of the last couple of years. I’ll give them a modicum of credit for timeliness, if nothing else. Compared to Scary Movie 5‘s upcoming attempt to send up 2010’s Black Swan, this is downright speedy.
It is not an exaggeration to say that Friedberg and Seltzer have built their entire careers on making fun of other, better filmmakers. The pair made their industry debuts together in 1996 as two of the writers on Spy Hard, and then made a name for themselves with the script for the first Scary Movie. Since then, they’ve written and directed Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie, and Vampires Suck, and are currently at work on the Avatar spoof The Biggest Movie of All Time 3D.
Much as we love to roll our eyes at these guys, it’s not tough to puzzle out why their projects keep getting made. Their last collaboration, Vampires Suck, cost just $20 million to make and raked in four times that worldwide. But even more impressive than their financial success is their critical failure — to date, none of the pair’s directorial efforts have ever received a double-digit score on Rotten Tomatoes. I’d wager that few other working filmmakers could make that claim.
Nevertheless, money talks, and the German and Middle Eastern rights to the film have already been picked up by Wild Bunch and Falcon, respectively. K5 will sell the rest of the international rights at Cannes, where I’m depressingly certain that they’ll find plenty of success.