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Principal photography begins on TIM AND ERIC’S BILLION DOLLAR MOVIE

Ryan Mahoney

by: Ryan Mahoney
March 3rd, 2011

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! have started production on their first film: TIM AND ERIC’S BILLION DOLLAR MOVIE.

Their love it or hate it style of comedy will be risky for a feature film, given that both of their previous television shows (Awesome Show and Tom Goes to the Mayor) both clocked in at about 11 minutes an episode.

Their lack of film experience hasn’t stopped Tim and Eric from gathering quite a cast for their first feature, including Zach Galifianakis, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Jeff Goldblum, and Will Forte. The film is about two comedians, Tim and Eric, who are given a billion dollars to make a movie. When things go amiss, the duo become businessmen in a semi-abandoned mall.

BILLION DOLLAR MOVIE started principal photography on Friday. According to Heidecker, “it’s the biggest thing we’ve ever done...and the most professional thing we've ever done. And the challenge is to fight against the professionalism and keep things loose."

Although less than a week into filming, Heidecker knows what kind of film he has on his hands:

”It really is a benchmark in the timeline of American film comedies…I just hope that the Academy is watching and they get on this boat early, because it's been a while since the Academy awarded the best picture Oscar to a comedy. It's long past due, but this film offers the Academy the perfect opportunity to award a best picture film to a comedy and maybe even preemptively. I don't know how that works, but we could be looking at a situation where the Oscar is awarded before the film is released."

The film is being co-produced by Funny or Die’s Gary Sanchez Productions along with Tim and Eric’s own Abso Lutely productions and is set to be distributed by Magnolia Pictures. We’ll keep you updated with information on the film, as well as the Oscar buzz it will undoubtedly receive.

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