Wong Fu Productions has been a rising force in the YouTube landscape lately, bringing their distinctive filmmaking polish to the mat with the breezy comedy vibe of YouTube’s top stars. Rumors had been circling of a ‘secret’ 45-minute movie project with YouTube’s current #1 most subscribed user, NigaHiga (Ryan Higa). Finally Wong Fu released the teaser trailer (below) confirming the project and giving a glimpse at their high school action-comedy.
Wong Fu’s Philip Wang co-wrote and produced the project with Higa, with Wang and his Wong Fu partners Wesley Chan and Ted Fu sharing the directing duties. Casting the project, like many of Wong Fu’s originals, meant tapping a number of YouTube notables as the leads, including Kassem G, SMOSH, and Rawn. Higa stars as a covert agent or “A.S.S.” (Agent of Secret Stuff) sent on assignment to high school to protect Taylor from assassins. (Think a lighter spin on Jon M. Chu’s The LXD)
Their early 2009 project Up in Da Club scored raves—and over 1 million views—for the four-part comedy series. Then their 11-episode Funemployed series (see below) starring top YouTuber KevJumba broke through the 7 million view mark. Not bad for a web series.
The film is set to release on NigaHiga’s YouTube channel, with its 2.6 million subscribers later this fall.