Ben Stiller Continuing ‘Tropic Thunder’ Tradition With ‘Fake Trailer Project’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

Ben Stiller Fake Trailer Project Ben Stiller Continuing Tropic Thunder Tradition With Fake Trailer Project

Did you love those fake trailers that ran before Tropic Thunder? If so, there is good news to share with you.

Fans of Ben Stiller’s movie industry spoof are certainly going to be glad to hear that the actor’s Red Hour Digital label is going to be producing a dozen or so new faux movie trailers, to be released on a weekly basis online.

The project is called…The Fake Trailer Project, and at the moment Stiller and Red Hour Digital are trying to secure a distribution partner for the online rollout. According to Deadline, TFTP will try to draw some famous celebrities to take part in the fun, though no big-names have been floated yet. The Tropic Thunder faux trailers featured the film’s cast – Jack Black, Stiller, Robert Downey Jr. – with a hilariously kinky cameo appearance by former Spider-Man star, Tobey Maguire.

Let’s just take a minute to bask in the glow of a couple Tropic Thunder faux trailers:


Suffice to say: The world could stand to have a few more these – they were, and are, hilarious.

Stiller is producing the shorts alongside Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein through Red Hour Digital. Some behind-the-camera talent has already been lined up to contribute to the project, including Tropic Thunder co-writer Justin Theroux, Clueless director Amy Heckerling, as well as Tom Lennon and Ben Garant, who wrote Stiller’s family-film hit, Night at the Museum.

Whether in Tropic Thunder, Grindhouse (or any other film that uses them), faux trailers are, generally speaking, good fun. Tropic Thunder sported some of the better trailer parodies that we’ve seen, and it seems like a much better idea to keep producing small shorts that embrace digital media, rather than trying to milk a good thing by making full-length features out of them. If Grindhouse spinoffs like Machete and Hobo With A Shotgun have proven anything, it’s that audiences aren’t exactly handing over cash by the fistful to watch movies based on shoddy or outright ridiculous trailer parodies.

Right now The Fake Trailer Project is aiming to start releasing trailers in the late fall or winter of 2011. We’ll keep you posted on release dates, and of course you’ll be able to find each new trailer here at Screen Rant ;-).

Source: Deadline

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  1. Sweet!

  2. PASS

  3. loved it… actually only thing i remembered of this movie

    what happened with the Les Grossman movie ?

    • Apparently still on, gonna have to wait and see. Because Cruise having a while movie like that would be pretty epic.

    • I mean a whole role…ugh typos

  4. This is actually really smart. Those trailers were funny and if they can get big-name people to do them they’ll definitely be hits. What’s obvious to me is that Stiller is going to use this to try and pitch a couple of movies.

  5. I would actually like to see them play before movies kind of like how they used to show cartoons and news reports before movies back in the 40′s and 50′s.

  6. Nothing about Tropic Thunder is funny.

    Ben Stiller hasn’t been in anything funny since Dodgeball.

    He should go away.

    • You should go away.

    • I usually agree with ya most of the time DSB but not here. Tropic Thunder is probably my favorite comedy of the past 5yrs. Starting with the trailers, Downey’s monologue about playing “slow” characters in award baiting films, McBride & Nolte together, Tom Cruise actually being hilarious. And shall we forget when Jack Black was tied to the tree? I think not.

    • Saying Dodgeball is better than Tropic Thunder is funny to me.

  7. So is the faux trailer project leading into or up to anything like another Ben Stiller movie be it something connected to Tropic Thunder or not? Or is he just making the trailers for the fun of it which would seem like an expensive endeavor for just fun.