Supergravity and Rockstream Studios aren’t the only organizations in the online video industry producing feature-length films with prominent social media stars. AwesomenessTV is making movies, too.
The YouTube Multi-Channel Network acquired by DreamWorks Animation back in May 2013 in a deal that could be worth up to $117 million is now a YouTube MCN, record label, management company, young adult book publishing imprint, burgeoning retailer, and motion picture studio. It’s latest project is Expelled, an “action-packed comedy” flick starring a cavalcade of incredibly popular individuals from YouTube, Vine, and other social media sites the kids are on these days.
Cameron Dallas (who has no less than 6.1 million followers on Vine) leads the cast in the role of Felix, “a legendary prankster who seems to always charm his way out of trouble.” Here’s the rest of the premise:
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After Felix’s “third strike at school, the principal has had enough and expels him. Never defeated, Felix resorts to his infamous ways and devises a plan with his brother (played by Vine star Marcus Johns), best friend (burgeoning Instagram and Twitter phenom Matt Shively), new friend (YouTube millionaire Lia Marie Johnson) and classmate (Vine star Andrea Russett) to convince his parents he’s a stellar student.
It’s a kind of twist on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for the Vine set. Here’s the trailer:
In addition to the teenybopper-eye-candy that is a shirtless Dallas and the other major players mentioned above, Expelled also features Michelle Glavan (who is part of Fullscreen) and Teala Dunn (who is part of AwesomenessTV and plays the role of Emily).
In terms of crew, the film is written, produced, and directed by Alex Goyette. AwesomenessTV founder Brian Robbins is on board as a Producer, along with Shauna Phelan. Executive Producers include AwesomenessTV’s COO Brett Bouttier, Joe Davola of One Tree Hill, Smallville and MTV Networks, and Scott Levine, in addition to Steven Spiegel and Alan Spiegel of 26MGMT.
Expelled will make its theatrical debut in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago on December 12, 2014. Four days later on December 16, the film will be available for on-demand purchase at ExpelledMovie.com by way of VHX and through iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Target Ticket, and Walmart. Especially anxious fans who want guarantee they can see Expelled as soon as its released can pre-order a digital download today on the film’s website, and sign up for a “Hall Pass” to receive other Expelled-related news and alerts.
This also isn’t AwesomenessTV’s first foray into making a movie with a highly recognizable online video personality. The multi-hyphenate entertainment organization first made the announcement it would be working with Dallas back in April 2014, but since then AwesomenessTV already sold another film for distribution. Lionsgate picked up the rights for Smosh: The Movie, a feature about the famous YouTube duo, which AwesomenessTV produced and financed in partnership with DEFY Media.