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

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood March 15, 2011 at 1:40AM

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).
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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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.