The trailer for Smosh: The Movie has been released.
The film, which is one of the first high profile movie spin-offs from a YouTube channel, was snapped up by Lionsgate last year in a deal for the global distribution rights.
Since then, the deal has changed slightly, reports Variety: distribution is now being handled directly by YouTube network AwesomenessTV, who were recently acquired by DreamWorks Animation to power the studio’s new original content on the site. The film is financed by AwesomenessTV and Defy Media, in which Lionsgate has an equity interest.
What is Smosh exactly? It’s a YouTube channel by comedy duo Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, who have amassed over 30 million followers across a range of channels. The film, rather fittingly, sees the pair try to delete an embarrassing video off YouTube – a quest that takes them, in typical post-modern fashion, inside the VOD service, dropping in and out of other people’s videos. Think Bill & Ted meets YouTube, not least because its directed by Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves’ co-star from the 1989 time travel hit.
Rather than famous historical figures, our modern day Bill & Ted will encounter YouTube celebrities on their journey, including Jenna Marbles, Grace Helbig, Markiplier, D-Trix and others.
The film is released on Friday 24th July, simultaneously in cinemas and digital platforms around the world. Where can you watch Smosh: The Movie online? The movie is available to buy or rent on Eircom, EE, TalkTalk, Virgin Movies, Wuaki.tv, blinkbox, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video and – of course – YouTube.
Here’s the trailer, which already has 2.8 million views:
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