Next week, Fast & Furious 6 will debut in US theaters. Despite being the sixth iteration of the franchise, the film is predicted to do just as well at the box office as its predecessors – so much so that Fast and Furious 7 is already well into development.
Any property as popular – and as ridiculously over-the-top – as the Fast and Furious series makes for ripe parody material. Thus, it’s not much of a surprise that spoof maestros Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer are gearing up to create a comedy lampooning the street-racing franchise, titled Superfast!
The Wrap shares the news that Friedberg and Seltzer have teamed with global distribution company K5 International to sell Superfast! across the world. Though the writing/directing duo has not set a firm date for release, one imagines that they are aiming to capitalize on the July 11th, 2014 release date for Fast and Furious 7.
For the better part of a decade, Seltzer and Friedberg have helmed parody movies aimed either at specific films (Vampires Suck, Meet the Spartans) or broad swipes at Hollywood genres (Epic Movie, Disaster Movie). The pair got their start writing for the early entries in the Scary Movie franchise, after which they jumped ship for their own Date Movie. Their next completed project, The Starving Games, will be released later this year.
Friedberg and Seltzer’s productions have been consistently reviled by critics, never rising above a single-digit percentage on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite this, the only one of their films not to turn a tidy profit was Disaster Movie, which still managed to break even. This is largely because of each installment’s meager budget (no more than $30 million, and often quite a bit less) and broad worldwide distribution, all but guaranteeing a return on investment.
Playing the devil’s advocate, the Fast and Furious series does present a tempting target for parody. With their growling machismo, often ridiculous action sequences, and sometimes confused plotting, the Fast films are fertile ground for potential comedy (see also, The Onion‘s interview with Fast 5‘s “lead writer”).
That said, Friedberg and Seltzer may not be the men for the job. After all, a proper send-up of the Fast films would probably take more budgetary resources than they are willing to commit. If they can’t make fun of the series’ physics and anatomy-defying stunts, what’s the point?
Moreover, the tone of the directors’ films is actually fairly toxic for comedy. Underneath the fart jokes and sudden bursts into rapping, their movies contain a definite mean streak that betrays a sense of contempt for the material they’re parodying. Even though the Fast and Furious movies are worthy of parody, they’re still fun action romps that are appreciated by a sizable audience. If Superfast! displays the same kind of snarky bile as the duo’s previous spoofs, any crossover appeal will be lost.
If Seltzer and Friedberg can jettison the condescending tone of their previous scripts and drum up a decent budget, Superfast! could be a turning point for them. Here’s to hoping that the film will be more Airplane! than A Haunted House.
Superfast! does not yet have a definitive release date. Check back with Screen Rant for all the relevant details.
Source: The Wrap