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Cartoon Network Drops Movie Deal With Weird Al Yankovic

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 13th 2010 7:00PM
Weird Al YankovicComic musician and accordion auteur "Weird Al" Yankovic scored a deal with Cartoon Network that sounded sweeter than the divine resurrection of Allen Sherman.

The deal came with the opportunity to do a feature film with a mainstream release and if the movie struck gold, the network would consider moving him into something more permanent on their network. Of course, when you're dealing with major broadcast networks, there's always a third option that never seems to come up during the negotiation stage: getting the rug pulled out from underneath you.

Yankovic posted a message on his Wordpress blog announcing that the deal is officially in the can -- the garbage can, that is. It seems that Cartoon Network decided not to get into the feature film business, a decision that shut down a number of projects in development including the Weird one's, um, one.

Yankovic didn't release any additional details about the nature of the project, which he said went into its fourth draft before scoring the all important "green light."

"Cartoon Network let me know that they were no longer in the feature film business," Yankovic wrote. "It was a major policy change that affected not only me, but also the dozen or so other movies of theirs that were in various stages of development. Everything just stopped."

Of course, this doesn't spell complete doom and gloom for the undeveloped script, now that he's free from the restrictive, cold shackles that come with your standard Hollywood contract.

"Anyway, it's not entirely bad news -- the script went into turnaround, which means I'm free to sell it somewhere else. (Come to think of it, that was pretty much the exact thing that happened when I was trying to get UHF made.) So maybe it'll get produced at some point, maybe it won't ... all I know is, I'll have a lot more free time this fall."

We tried to reach Yankovic (what do I call him? Al? Mr. Yankovic? Weird Al? Weird? Mr. Weird?) but his manager said he didn't have anything more to say beyond his blog post. He's also in the thick of a new U.S. and European tour that kicked off late last month in Ohio where he did some serious shredding on stage. You might want to move your computer away from any heat sources of electricity conducting objects because the heat of this hardcore shredding could set them on fire or cause a static discharge powerful enough, according to MIT researchers, to rip the Earth a third corn-chute.

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John Andresen

Not sure if anyone here keeps up with the amazing Weird Al, but he's keeping himself seen and heard. He had his Internet Leaks EP last year, with some very solid music, a new album this year (I think), and he's been making appearances on lots of great comedy podcasts like Comedy Death Ray Radio, Doug Loves Movies, and the Nerdist. Such a nice genuine man, who loves what he does. Oh also, he had a recent "Tiny Desk Concerts" podcast for All Songs Considered on NPR. The video is online, and it is awesome.

July 13 2010 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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