Here’s the thing: I think that Craig Robinson is awesome. He’s mostly a bit player and character actor for sure, but every time I see him he cracks my shit up. Of course, I haven’t seen Hot Tub Time Machine because it looks terrible and I hate it when people I like disappoint me, so maybe he’s not batting a thousand, but he killed in Zack And Miri Make A Porno. And now, he’s gonna be the Antichrist. No, really.
Lionsgate is launching a wave of what are being called “microbudget” movies, that is to say small-budget flicks with big potential. Taking notes from the success of Paramount’s Paranormal Activity, they’re moving forward with a series of smaller budget (relatively speaking — they mean less than $2 million) films, hoping to produce several a year. One of the first one to have some details released is the goofily titled Rapturepalooza.
The comedy takes place a year after a religious apocalypse strips away half the world’s population. Ben and Lindsey try to reestablishing their sandwich cart business. Beyond the occasional blood rainstorm and talking locusts that surface occasionally, the sandwich sellers have a new problem: the Anti-Christ (Robinson) decides he wants to take Lindsey as his bride.
Paul Middleditch (Separation City will direct the film based on a script by Chris Matheson (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure).
I won’t lie. I’m on board with it (even though the double use of “occasional” irks me). It’s just my kind of silly-ass satire/comedy, and it’s got some interesting potential. No other casting has been announced, but don’t expect any other big names.
Oh, and here’s why I love Craig Robinson:
They’ve got two others slated so far:
Gay Dude, a Superbad-style coming of age raunchy comedy. Two best friends vow to lose their virginity before graduating high school. Then one confesses he’s gay. Script’s by Parks and Recreation writer Alan Yang, and it made The Black List.
6 Miranda Drive, a supernatural thriller from Wolf Creek writer/director Greg Mclean. Purported to be fact-based, the tale focuses on a family that unwittingly brings a supernatural force home with them from vacation. The evil presence feeds off their fears and secrets.