David Cross & Bob Odenkirk at the 1998 Mr Show party in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
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Bob Odenkirk And David Cross Remember Run Ronnie Run As A 'Debacle'
2003’s “Run Ronnie Run" might not be a great film, but it has its moments and serves as a fantastic satire of reality television in the early 2000s. It was never released in theaters, and its creators Bob Odenkirk and David Cross remember the project as a debacle because the studio got too involved with the production.
New Line Cinema approached Odenkirk and Cross about taking a character from their popular HBO sketch comedy program, "Mr. Show,” to the big screen, but as the pair revealed in a 2013 NPR interview, the more the studio got involved, the less it felt like their own movie. By the time the film was ready for post-production, Odenkirk and Cross were no longer involved.
Cross said, "We assumed it was going to be a collaborative work in which we'd have kind of the same amount of control that we had on our show.” However, the difficult experience of dealing with Hollywood inspired the duo to write a book, "Hollywood Said No!," which features two screenplays and several other sketches that never made it to the screen.