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Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie: Ferrell says “You Can’t Put A Price on Creative Excellence"

by Sophia Savage
March 15, 2011 1:40 AM
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Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights for Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie. The film is a co-production between 2929 Productions, Gary Sanchez Productions and Funny or Die Films. It is the feature film debut (as writer-producer-directors) of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! which has had five seasons air on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim channel (a clip is below).

Heidecker states: “We are very excited to be a part of this very expensive film." Adds Wareheim: "We are professional boys and we’ll use the money wisely."


2929 Productions CEO Todd Wagner says: “We were initially apprehensive of the unprecedented price tag of the film, but apparently we agreed to it after having a drink with Tim and Eric. Actually, it’s all a little bit fuzzy. Regardless, we now realize that it would be foolhardy not to participate in what is sure to be the grandest entertainment ever presented to mankind.” Gary Sanchez Production's co-founder and resident funny man Will Ferrell rationalizes: “You can’t put a price on creative excellence and we didn’t… maybe we should have, but we didn’t.” His co-founder Adam McKay adds: “There are six billion people in the world, so if we can get every sixth person to see this movie, we break even. If they tell a friend, we’ll do well, quite well.” The film, slated for a 2012 release, is currently in production and stars Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, Jeff Goldblum, John C. Reilly, Will Forte and more. 


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3 Comments

  • You Blew It | October 6, 2011 8:13 AMReply

    I am a huge fan of Eric & Tim and have seen absolutely every available bit of their work out there.

    I would like to apologize for this Xevi's hurtful comments - Xevi is obviously too much of a pussy-wimp to realize how wrong his disdain for the extended cast is. Let Tim belittle them Xevi, you have not earned the right to act as his proxy in such important matters.

    Tanese Gray has been with Eric and Tim since their Super Deluxe "Night Live" series. SHE IS A CLASS ACT - and so are the likes of Ben Hurr and the rest of the extended cast.

    These people are NOT FREAKS. The fact that these magnificent individuals contributed to what may be perhaps the greatest television phenomenon ever speaks volumes to their mastery of the craft of being awesome. I personally would give Xevi's left nuts to have been included as part of Awesome Show.

    I wish all of the cast and crew who made my favorite show ever the best in life, love, and liquors.

    PS - Xevi if you didn't donate to the Richard Dunn funeral collection but post RIP bullshit on the internet, go eat a bag of dicks. Put your money where your mouth is or keep your mouth shut as tight as your wallet.

  • Xevi | July 25, 2011 7:09 AMReply

    I don't care if any of those mongoloids from the show like Tanese Gray and Ben Hur are in the movie or not. To paraphrase from the Chrimbus Special, "It's a miracle that this movie even exists."

    If you would considering not seeing the movie on account of Tanese Gray's absence (who only prominently appeared in like 3 sketches max.) you are clearly insane and should turn in your driver's license. She had like 10 lines of dialogue in the entire series and nothing she said was entertaining aside from her brief non-speaking role in the "It's not Jackie Chan" board game sketch.

    Richard Dunn (R.I.P.) I could see making a case for if he wasn't dead, since he often was hilarious and was featured in almost every episode. DBL had his moments too, so I'm glad he got in. After that, it's just Pierre and James Quall in terms of series importance. The freaks didn't make T&E what it was. T&E did.

    How far does your insanity reach? Are you also going to complain if the "How do you win?" lady from the E-Trial sketch doesn't make the cut?

  • Barney Bernhardt | April 7, 2011 10:00 AMReply

    Ask Ferrell what is the price of loyalty.

    While we were pleased to hear from David Leibehart that he had some 25 pages of script to study for his role in the film, and even more pleased to recently learn that Absolutely Productions managed to include Palmer Scott in a little background cameo (Great job, Palmer!), we’re wondering just whatever happened to those other T&E regulars whose contibutions were so important to Tim and Eric’s success? Regulars such as Sire James… Neil Hamburger… Michael Q. Schmidt… Ron Austar… Tanese Gray… Bob Druwing… Bob Ross… Ron Stark… Ben Hur… and so many who the fans would love to see in a T&E film about a T&E adventure.

    While we were pleased to hear from David Leibehart that he had some 25 pages of script to study for his role in the film… and more pleased to recently learn that Absolutely Productions managed to include Palmer Scott in a little background cameo (Great job, Palmer!) But we’re wondering just whatever happened to those other T&E regulars whose contibutions were so important to Tim and Eric’s strange success? Sire James… Neil Hamburger… Michael Q. Schmidt… Ron Austar… Tanese Gray… Bob Druwing… Bob Ross… Ron Stark… Ben Hur… and so many who the fans would love to see in a T&E film about a T&E adventure.

    Ferrell might say “You Can’t Put A Price on Creative Excellence”... but we'd ask him what the price is on fan loyalty based upon fan favorites. Sure, T&E are twisted and funny... but what they have shared is the result of a team effort... a team actors whose contibutions created that fan base.

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