Get ready to laugh your socks off — well, in Marlon Wayans's case, your pants — as the comedian/actor is bringing his spoofing skills to the big screen once again. This time, the 2014 box office smash Fifty Shades of Gray is his muse. Picked up by Open Road Films, the spoof comedy will be fittingly dubbed Fifty Shades of Black. Genius!
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the project was presented to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival and is now confirmed to be produced and funded by IM Global. The hilarious pitch was in such high demand by bidders that several companies were battling for the project in the final hours. It came down to the Weinstein Company, Relativity Media and Open Road, but the latter came out victorious due to Wayans's relationship with them through his latest spoof hit A Haunted House.
Wayans, who will star in Fifty Shades of Black, will also write the film with his longtime business partner Rick Alvarez. The comedy is scheduled to begin production this summer in Los Angeles, and is set for a tentative wide release on January 29, 2016.
"Our love for Marlon Wayans is unmatched and, along with our friends at IM Global, we can't wait to introduce the world to Mr. Black," said Open Road CEO, Tom Ortenberg. "We truly couldn't be more excited about being back in business with Marlon, Rick and the IM Global team."
The original film, released on Valentine's Day this year, grossed a whopping $569.7 million at the box office.
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