Like them or not, spoofs are generally pretty cheap to produce and they make a lot of money at the box office. That’s a formula that Hollywood isn’t likely to stop utilizing, and the fact that yet another spoof film has just gotten the greenlight is proof of that. But this one isn’t coming from Seltzer and Friedberg: Elevative Entertainment is giving the reins to an up-and-coming director.
Deadline reports that Liam Neeson’s Taken franchise is the latest to get the spoof treatment with the newly-announced film Tooken. I feel like Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele should be getting royalties from that title, considering they’ve already put it in the public lexicon with their hilarious valet sketches (those guys love “Liam Neesons,” and refer to Taken as Straight Tooken). Better yet, just have those two guys write, direct, and star in this movie. But alas, the comedy duo won’t be involved (that we know of). Instead, the project is being written by Cameron Van Hoy and John Asher, the latter of whom is an actor who has also directed a handful of things you’ve never heard of over the past few years (he’ll helm this project, too). Van Hoy wrote a short parody of Taken called Taken 3: Back to Normal, and that’s likely why he got the writing job.
Well, that’s about the level of humor I’d expect in a big budget spoof of a huge action franchise, so it seems this project is right on track. Casting is still underway, and even though Tooken is being described as “a Naked Gun-style take on the action/revenge genre”, if that short is any indication, it’ll only be a matter of time before they cast Carmen Electra or someone along those lines.
Anyone out there actually interested in seeing Tooken?
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