The 'Untitled 'Weird Al' Yankovic Project' Could Come to Theaters

The Cartoon Network cancels the proposed live-action telefilm the parodist was planning.
Weird Al' Yankovic Project may come to theaters
Weird Al' Yankovic Project may come to theaters
In a blog post from 'Weird Al' Yankovic himself, the musical parodist and film director explained that his upcoming live-action telefilm, The Untitled Weird Al Yankovic Project, which was being produced exclusively for The Cartoon Network, has been canceled. It seems that the network is no longer interested in creating original live-action content for its audiences, instead sticking to the animated fare that it's built its name on.

But Yankovic isn't giving up on the project, which he recently finished the 4th screenplay draft on. The cult icon claims that he owns the rights to the film, and will be shopping it elsewhere. Which doesn't rule out the film being sold to a major film studio for a big screen release. According to Al, this is exactly what happened with his first foray into feature films UHF, which was a bomb when it opened in 1989 but has since gone onto become one of the biggest cult films of the last thirty years and one of MGM's biggest DVD sellers.

Here's what Yankovic had to say for himself:

"Here's what happened. As I had previously reported, after years of negotiation, I was able to sign a major production deal with Cartoon Network to provide content for them. They were primarily interested in live action features, so I pitched them on a movie idea. They loved it, and gave me the go-ahead to start working on the screenplay. I worked closely with them for several months, and after submitting my 4th draft, just when I was just about to get the official green light... Cartoon Network let me know that they were no longer in the feature film business. It was a major policy change that affected not only me, but also the dozen or so other movies of theirs that were in various stages of development. Everything just stopped. So, bad news for me, but good news for all the Cartoon Network fanboys that already hated my movie without seeing it (because apparently any live-action programming on that network would be sacrilegious). Anyway, it's not entirely bad news - the script went into turnaround, which means I'm free to sell it somewhere else. (Come to think of it, that was pretty much the exact thing that happened when I was trying to get UHF made.) So maybe it'll get produced at some point, maybe it won't... all I know is, I'll have a lot more free time this fall."

Untitled Weird Al Yankovic Project is in development .



Sources: Al Yankovic

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Comments (9)

  1. gumperman

    i think Dparks forgot they were on a Weird Al comment page, and meant that comment for Jay Leno!

    4 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  2. Diaigma

    How you can put Weird Al and Twilight in the same grouping is astounding :p

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  3. Dparks

    That this obnoxious un-funny fool continues to have a career, coupled with the 'Twilight' film franchise success is further proof of the decline of American standards.

    4 years agoby @dparksFlag

  4. Fry_3000

    cant wait, hopefully some one picks this up

    4 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  5. Diaigma

    @The Soylent Green Monkey

    I'm with ya, buddy! :P

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  6. The Soylent Green Monkey

    Weird Al can do whatever the hell he wants and I'll always back him up.

    4 years agoby @soylentgreen2Flag

  7. Writer220

    He used to be funny but not now, but good luck for you Al.

    4 years agoby @writer220Flag

  8. Emmytt

    well that sucks

    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  9. Diaigma

    Cartoon Network makes me laugh. They branch into several live-action shows, even though they are CARTOON Network, and then decide to go back to being just cartoons again. From the first mentioning of them doing live-action shows, I knew it was a mistake, though Unnatural History seemed kinda cool. As far as Al is concerned, I wish him luck. A new film with him would be awesome. UHF is a righteous cult classic of a parody. :P

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag