Daniel Radcliffe (The Misplaced Metropolis, Harry Potter franchise) has been tapped to play musician “Bizarre Al” Yankovic in Bizarre: The Al Yankovic Story, a Roku Authentic biopic from Humorous or Die and Tango that will probably be obtainable for streaming completely on The Roku Channel.
Yankovic and Eric Appel penned the characteristic, with the latter Humorous or Die alum set to direct, after helming a brief movie of the identical identify for the manufacturing firm again in 2010. Manufacturing will kick off in Los Angeles early subsequent month.
Identified for pastiching and parodying the works of his musical contemporaries, Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time. A five-time Grammy winner, his 2014 launch Necessary Enjoyable was the primary comedy album in historical past to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s High 200.
The Yankovic biopic guarantees to carry nothing again and discover each side of his life, from his childhood via his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like “Eat It” and “Like a Surgeon,” whereas pertaining to his torrid movie star amorous affairs and famously wicked life-style. Yankovic is producing alongside Mike Farah, Joe Farrell and Whitney Hodack for Humorous Or Die, and Tim Headington, Lia Buman and Max Silva for Tango. Appel is exec producing with Humorous Or Die’s Henry Muñoz III and Tango’s Neil Shah.
“When Bizarre Al first sat me down in opposition to my will and advised me his life story, I didn’t imagine any of it,” admitted Appel, “however I knew that we needed to make a film about it.”
“When my final film UHF got here out in 1989, I made a solemn vow to my followers that I might launch a significant movement image each 33 years, like clockwork. I’m very completely happy to say we’re on schedule. And I’m completely thrilled that Daniel Radcliffe will probably be portraying me within the movie,” stated Yankovic. “I’ve little doubt by any means that that is the position future generations will bear in mind him for.”
“There clearly aren’t sufficient biopic motion pictures about well-known musicians and we had been excited to shine a lightweight on the extremely true, unexaggerated story of Bizarre Al,” stated Roku’s Head of Authentic Scripted Programming, Colin Davis. “That is sincerely the last word mixture of expertise, creativity, and pals, coming collectively to make one thing genuinely humorous and we couldn’t be prouder to name this movie a Roku Authentic.”
“I’m excited that my first venture because the proprietor of Humorous Or Die Studios is to assist carry the story of ‘Bizarre Al’ Yankovic to the display,” added Muñoz III, who serves as Humorous Or Die’s Chairman and government producer. “Bizarre Al is a comic book genius and his influence on popular culture, his mastery of the music video, his award-winning music and his unbelievable life are an ideal match for the gifted producers at FOD.
“We’re honored to associate with Roku, Tango and our director Eric Appel on this vital film,” stated Muñoz III in closing. “WEIRD has introduced collectively a bizarre group of artistic individuals, to inform the story of a person who has made individuals snigger and sing the world over.”
Yankovic has earned practically 200 display credit since 1983, incomes a star on The Hollywood Stroll of Fame in August 2018. He wrote and starred within the cult traditional UHF and in addition notably hosted his personal collection, The Bizarre Al Present, for Dick Clark Productions and CBS again in 1997. He’s appeared as himself in every thing from American Dad! to Kids’s Hospital and 30 Rock, that includes extra lately in Showtime’s Work in Progress, United Artists Releasing’s Invoice & Ted Face the Music and the defunct Quibi platform’s revival of Reno 911!, which has now moved over to Roku.
Radcliffe is an award-winning actor greatest recognized for his flip as wizard Harry Potter in Warner Bros.’ franchise of the identical identify, primarily based on the books by J.Ok. Rowling. He at the moment stars within the TBS comedy collection Miracle Staff created by Simon Wealthy, and can subsequent seem reverse Sandra Bullock in Paramount’s comedy The Misplaced Metropolis from administrators Aaron and Adam Nee.
Appel is a author, director and producer who has helmed episodes of collection together with Die Hart, Brooklyn 9-9, Son of Zorn, Silicon Valley, The Grinder, New Lady and Pleased Endings. He has written on collection together with Fake Time and Crank Yankers, whereas producing Son of Zorn and different tasks.
Yankovic is represented by WME; Radcliffe by Artist Rights Group (UK) and Felker Toczek Suddleson; Appel by Artists First, CAA and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis.