Comedy Central has signed on for first broadcast-window premiere rights to three comedy features from The Weinstein Co.: Superhero Movie and future releases The Promotion and Fanboys.
Superhero Movie, in current release, is a spoof from the makers of Scary Movie and The Naked Gun and features Drake Bell, Sara Paxton, Christopher McDonald, Pamela Anderson, Tracy Morgan, Regina Hall and Leslie Nielsen.
Fanboys, starring Jay Baruchel, Dan Fogler, Sam Huntington, Christopher Marquette, Kristen Bell and Jaime King, is set in 1998 and tells the story of a group of former high school friends who reunite and embark on an epic cross-country trip to visit their Mecca -- George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch -- to break in, steal Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace and stake their claim as the first fanboys in history to watch it.
The movie has stirred controversy over Weinstein Co.’s reported decision to re-shoot parts of the original Fanboysto alter a plot line: that the impetus for the trip was because one of the friends had cancer.
Weinstein Co. reportedly agreed to release DVD versions of the original and the re-shot movie, but that didn’t prevent a group of fans from staging a protest in Los Angeles on Superhero Movie'sopening night on March 28.
There’s no release date for Fanboys listed on Weinstein Co.’s Web site.
The Promotion, slated for release in theaters on June 6, stars John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott in the story of two mid-level Chicago supermarket employees who compete ruthlessly for a coveted managerial post at a new store location.
Variety reported Comedy Central agreed to pay $2.7 million for Superhero Movie and that the network gets that movie in September 2010, Fanboys in December 2010 and The Promotion in March 2011.