At this point it was practically inevitable, wasn’t it? After all a movie can’t rake in more than half a billion dollars worldwide like The Hunger Games and escape lampooning on a large scale. The Starving Games is the result of startling success.
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer have built a cottage industry of sorts poking fun at massive Hollywood blockbusters. For better or worse, the duo is partially or completely responsible for films like Date Movie, Spy Hard, Scary Movie, Meet the Spartans, and most recently, Vampires Suck. Now they have the green light to write and direct The Starving Games.
While The Hunger Games, the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy of young adult novels, will obviously be the primary focus, other recent high-profile epics will also be targeted. You can expect some Avengers jokes, a Sherlock Holmes gag or two, and reportedly some Harry Potter humor, which feels ill timed. They flogged that horse pretty thoroughly in Epic Movie, and this seems like a rehash. You can’t help but think they’ll fit in some Dark Knight bits as well, and there will surely be many, many more movies in their crosshairs.
This news comes right on the heels of the revelation that there will be a Scary Movie 5, you won’t see Anna Farris in Scary Movie 5, and that Scary Movie 5 will chiefly parody Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.
Combined, Friedberg and Seltzer’s films have grossed over $350 million dollars. There’s a definite formula, and they have it down to a near science. With quick, cheap productions, and no expensive big name stars, they can turn these movies around on a dime. Even with modest box office receipts, they always turn a profit. As such, the various international rights—which are on sale at Cannes—are already being snapped up. Until movies stop being huge hits, it looks like we’ll never be free of spoofs. We’ll just have to learn to live with it.