This spring, we learned about an awesome new project slowly coming to fruition: The Chronicles of Rick Roll, a feature-length action movie starring Internet memes and YouTube stars like Antoine “Bed Intruder” Dodson, Bear “Double Rainbow” Vasquez, David After Dentist, and so many more. At the time, NURVÂ had released only a concept trailer in which we learned that Rick Rolland has to travel to a distant land populated by Internet memes in order to save Allison.
The movie is a mix of Alice in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the filmmakers’ own brand of tongue-in-cheek fantasy. They’ve spent the last six months working on a full-length screenplay, and now the project needs financial backers.
To that end, NURV has emulated other aspiring filmmakers/artists byÂ setting up an IndieGoGo campaign: They’re trying to raise $100,000 by March 27, 2012. That’s not even their full budget, but their hope is to use the money raised through IndieGoGo to produce additional concept footage and another trailer, as well as to travel to Hollywood to pitch to bigwigs. (Though they claim to have interest from “A-list Hollywood talent and top industry professionals,” they haven’t named names.) Incentives include T-shirts, posters, and possibly a signed copy of the script.
NURV has uploaded a new video showing the behind-the-scenes process of shooting the original trailer:
Writer-producer-mastermindÂ Andrew FischerÂ – who played Rick in the concept trailer but will leave that role for someone else to fill in the movie — says, “We’re ready to bring on producers and talent to get things moving… A lot of our fans have said they would like to get behind us and make this happen.”
Sure, it looks cheesyâ€”but at the same time, it stars Internet celebrities that you alreadyÂ know you find funny. (Together, they have a combined 2 billion views on YouTube, which is nothing to shake a stick at.) Doesn’t a passion project starring the Numa NumaÂ guy and Daft HandsÂ deserve to be made instead of Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked?
It sure as hell does.