Any other fans of UHF out there? Well, come out of the woodwork and celebrate, because "Weird Al" Yankovic has a new movie deal.
In an announcement on his blog, Weird Al let the world know he has cut a deal with Cartoon Network and will go to work on a new live-action feature.
Without going into too much detail, the good folks at Cartoon Network decided that they liked me and wanted me to provide some content for them – series, features, animation, live-action ... they were open to anything. So after a couple years (yes, really) of the lawyers going back and forth, we finalized a deal ... now all I have to do isstart making stuff!
The first thing I’m on track to do for them is, in fact, a live-action feature film.
Al goes on to say that he's working on a third draft of the script. He will also be making his feature directorial debut.
I’m very excited about that. I’ve directed a lot of music videos as well as the “Al’s Brain” 3-D attraction and the Spy Hard title sequence, but I’ve never shot an entire feature film, so this will be a big first for me.
Unfortunately for those who were hoping for more George Newman, this will not be a UHF sequel. We can't see how there'd be one anyway, since Michael Richards' career is effectively over. (By the way, does anyone else take a small amount of comfort in knowing that Richards was once Stanley Spadowski, the simple, earnest, lovable janitor who got along with kids?)
Al will not be starring in the movie, although he will make an appearance. A production schedule hasn't been set, but Al said the earliest it could begin would be this fall, following his national concert tour.
In the meantime, bask in some nostalgia and enjoy one of our favorite moments from UHF: Posted 01.27.10 by reelz