You knew it was coming sooner or later (personally, I'm in favor of later), and Variety has just made it official: National Lampoon will begin production this fall on National Lampoon's 301: The Legend of Awesomest Maximus Wallace Leonidas. Awesome! Looking to spoof such films as 300, Gladiator, Troy and Braveheart, pic will follow an out-of-shape Spartan general named Awesomest who "fails forward on a path to greatness." Hmm, do I smell Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris circling this script? Written by Jason Burinescu, the film will be produced by National Lampoon, Dan Farah and Burinescu.
Lampoon, who recently began financing and producing their own films in-house, instead of licensing away their name so that it could appear on the cover of crappy Paris Hilton movies, have just completed work on two new flicks: National Lampoon's Ratko: The Dictator's Son and National Lampoon's Bag Boy (based off a script from someone who watched Employee of the Month and actually thought there were ideas in there worthy of further big-screen exploration). I can't remember the last time National Lampoon actually produced an all-out spoof flick (come to think of it, have they ever?), and so part of me is looking forward to seeing what they do with this. I expect a ton of green screen work and shoddy acting (no cast has been announced yet), but hopefully we'll find a few laugh-out-loud moments somewhere in there. There hasn't been a fun spoof since, well -- do we count the original Scary Movie? Will 301 be the exception? Or will we walk away with a list of 301 reasons why the movie should never have been made?