I might be biased about this news. Any press release that mentions "Kentucky Fried Movie" has me instantly sold. Said release popped into my e-mail yesterday from Relativity Media. They're working with Peter Farrelly, frequent Farrelly co-conspirator Charles Wessler and GreeneStreet Films on an "Untitled Comedy" -- wouldn't it be great if they kept that title? -- which is described as "a unifying storyline for a series of sketch comedies in the vein of the 1970s hits 'Kentucky Fried Movie' and 'Groove Tube.'"
They forgot "Amazon Women on the Moon," which for my money is the best of that bunch. No matter. The news here is that the cast is massive and the behind-the-lens talent -- some of whom have already completed their work -- is equally massive. Find the full list (so far) after the jump.
The cast, which is described as "growing," currently features: Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Kieran Culkin, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz, Liev Schreiber, Sean William Scott, Tony Shalhoub, Emma Stone, Matt Walsh, Patrick Warburton, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet.
A number of filmmakers have already completed work on their sketches, including Banks(?-- she directs too?), Farrelly, Brett Ratner, Bob Odenkirk and Griffin Dunne.
Now here's an idea I can get behind. Sketch comedy movies have been absent too long from this world. There have been one or two, but I think it's safe to say that this is the biggest of them since "Amazon Women" in 1987, 10 years after "Kentucky Fried Movie." I'd like to share a clip from one of those classics here, but they were unfortunately made in the days when comedy still had balls. All I can say is that you should seek out "Amazon Women," "Kentucky Fried" and their ilk if you haven't so you can behold the glory for yourself.
What do you think of the casting? Who else would you like to see join the cast? Have you seen any of those classic sketch comedy movies?