Film and TV vet Barnes wrote and produced Damon Wayans’ sitcom My Wife And Kids, wrote for and co-exec produced Chris Rock’s Everybody Hates Chris, and wrote and co-exec produced the Fox comedy ‘Til Death. David Elliot and Paul Lovett (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Four Brothers) penned the original Any Means Necessary script. Meanwhile, Sony’s looking for box office gold this summer with another buddy cop comedy, June’s Channing Tatum-Jonah Hill sequel 22 Jump Street. Barnes is repped by Paradigm, Principato Young and attorney Darrell Miller at Fox/Rothchild.
The new decidedly NSFW trailer for the horror-spoof sequel also has some fun at the expense of those semi-disturbing Facebook Look Back things. The Open Road pic sees Marlon Wayans moving into his dream house with new squeeze Jaime Pressly, but nightmare house is more like it. Michael Tiddes, who directed last year’s original that unearthed $40M domestic, returns to the scene of the crime for A Haunted House 2, and Wayans and Rick Alverez reprise their gigs as writer-producers. Gabriel Iglesias, Ashley Rickards, Steele Stebbins, Essence Atkins, Affion Crocket, Dave Sheridan, Hayes MacArthur, Missi Pyle and Cedric the Entertainer co-star. Have a look:
EXCLUSIVE:Marlon Wayans and FunnyOrDie.com co-founder Randy Adams have officially unveiled WhatTheFunny.com, an urban-skewing comedy site that now sports more than 1 million unique visitors since a November soft launch. Wayans and Adams’ Sunset Gower-based WTF Studios is behind the venture, which already has more than a dozen original series and 160 episodes of original content in development.
The site and multi-platform strategy that eventually will include Smart TV access is a departure from the usual YouTube channel route, though several YouTube hitmakers are involved in the content, joining Wayans and established Hollywood pals like Damon Wayans Jr and Omar Epps. (Even NFL bad boy Terrell Owens was a good sport and pitched in, starring in a fake Bud Light commercial.) “YouTube is a great way for emerging artists to garner an audience, but a very difficult place to build a sustainable business,” Adams said. “We are helping YouTube artists actually make money by sharing higher advertising revenue with them and giving them and off-YouTube destination for their content.” Read More »
TBS has ordered eight episodes of Funniest Wins (working title), a new competition series featuring Marlon Wayans that focuses on a search for the funniest comedian out there. The goal — make people laugh or go home. Each week, Wayans and a rotating crew of guests will guide competitors in learning the ins and outs of a particular comedy style. They will then put what they’ve learned to the test with one comic sent packing at the end of each round. Funniest Wins is being produced for TBS by Workaholic/Marlon and Eyeworks USA. Wayans is exec producing. A summer launch is planned.
The found-footage horror thing was screaming for the spoof treatment. Sure enough, last year’s A Haunted House bled domestic audiences to the tune of $40M. Now co-writer and star Marlon Wayans is back for more: A Haunted House 2, which bows March 28, sees him moving into a dream house with new girlfriend Jaime Pressly and her two kids. Para-hilarity ensues. Michael Tiddes is back in the director’s electric chair, with Wayans and Rick Alvarez producing. Here’s the first trailer from Open Road Films:
Following up on the success of horror comedy A HAUNTED HOUSE, A HAUNTED HOUSE 2, from Marlon Wayans and director Mike Tiddes, will go into production via IM Global’s Octane division today, it was announced by IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford.
Joining Wayans in the film are Gabriel Iglesias (Planes, Magic Mike), Jaime Pressly (I Love You Man, Not Another Teen Movie), and Ashley Rickards (Awkward, Gamer), who join returning cast members Essence Atkins (A Haunted House, Are We There Yet?), Affion Crockett (Soul Men, Never Back Down) and Dave Sheridan (Horrible Bosses, Scary Movie). On board as writers and producers are Wayans and Rick Alvarez, with IM Global’s Ford on board as an executive producer alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Steve Squillante and Lisa Blum. Open Road, which scored a hit with A HAUNTED HOUSE, returns as the U.S. distributor with a March 2014 release planned.
Crossing new lines and breaking old barriers, A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 is the sequel to the hilarious box-office hit starring Marlon Wayans as Malcolm who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. With spine-tingling tension and hilarious punch-lines A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 is inspired by the latest supernatural horror movie franchises and shows that this time… it’s not just the house that’s haunted!
Open Road Films‘ sendup of the Paranormal Activity-style found-footage movies stars Scary Movie guy Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Cedric The Entertainer, Nick Swardson, David Koechner and Affion Crocket. Haunted House is due out January 11.
This Paranormal Activity sendup or something like it was probably inevitable. Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, David Koechner, Nick Swardson and Cedric the Entertainer spoof the found-footage horror genre in A Haunted House. Written by Wayans and Rick Alvarez and directed by Michael Tiddes, the Open Road Films release opens January 11, 2013.
LOS ANGELES, CA, September 20, 2012 – Open Road Films, in partnership with Endgame Entertainment, has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to A HAUNTED HOUSE, co-written by and starring Marlon Wayans, from IM Global. The film was financed and produced by IM Global’s genre label Octane. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, James D. Stern, CEO of Endgame Entertainment and Stuart Ford, CEO of IM Global.
EXCLUSIVE: Sixteen years after he co-created and starred in the WB comedy series The Wayans Bros, which ran for five seasons, Marlon Wayans is returning to broadcast TV with another comedy project about brothers, this time at ABC. Wayans will write, executive produce and star in a hybrid single/multi-camera comedy in development at the network that is produced by ABC Studios. The comedy, which has an odd couple/buddy cop comedy feel to it, centers on two brothers, both cops. Having fallen down on his luck, one of them moves in with his brother and his family. Wayans, who will play the married brother, is executive producing with his manager Lisa Blum and longtime producing partner Rick Alvarez of Wayans Bros Entertainment, Wayans’ production company with brothers Keenan Ivory and Shawn. CAA-repped Wayans, who started off working with his bothers on Fox’s sketch show In Living Color, co-wrote and starred in the Wayans clan’s Scary Movie franchise as well as White Chicks and Little Man. He is currently working with Jennifer Pryor and director Bill Condon on the Richard Pryor biopic, to which he is attached to star.
EXCLUSIVE: Talent manager/producer Lisa Blum has joined New Wave Entertainment. Blum, who comes from The Collective, is bringing all of her clients including Marlon Wayans, Cheri Oteri, Orlando Jones, Jennifer Hollander (Universal’s Merman), Jim Jefferies (HBO’s I Swear To God), Gary Owen (TBS’ House of Payne), Virginia Williams (USA’s Fairly Legal), Pete Johansson and Sammi Hanratty (American Girl).
Blum previously ran her own management company for six years. Before that, she was with Mosaic Media’s predecessor Gold/Miller, where she began her 15-year relationship with the Wayans brothers among other clients. While at Gold/Miller, in addition to managing talent, Blum also developed and produced TV and film projects, including movies Scary Movie and Scary Movie 2 and the WB series The Wayans Bros.
She most recently developed Pretty Ugly at Paramount, which will star Marlon Wayans; The Year of Living Biblically, also at Paramount, an adaptation of the AJ Jacobs’ book that is currently being written for Marlon to star; and Merman at Universal/Imagine.
CAA has signed Marlon Wayans. Though Wayans spent the last six years at WME, the move amounts to a homecoming. Wayans had been a longtime client at CAA along with his brothers Keenen and Shawn, until they left as a group and headed to WMA. Keenen has since moved to UTA, which helped set up his next directorial effort, It Takes A Village. Shawn doesn’t have an agent, though ICM books him for stand up comedy work.
Marlon Wayans is expected to reprise his role in a sequel to Paramount’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. His big opportunity, though, comes when he plays Richard Pryror in Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? That film is set up at Sony Pictures Entertainment and will start next year, after the film’s writer/director Bill Condon completes the final two installments of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Wayans continues with longtime manager Lisa Blum at The Collective, his attorney is Kevin Yorn and he continues to work closely with Rick Alvarez at Wayans Bros Entertainment.