Way back in 2000, The Onion optioned one of its fake headlines, “Tenth Circle Added to Rapidly Growing Hell” to Dreamworks as a potential film project, but nothing ever came of it. Eight years later, Fox Searchlight is releasing The Onion Movie (still called “The Untitled Onion Movie” on IMDB) straight to DVD. No official release date has been announced, but this trailer went out on DVD copies of The Darjeeling Limited last week:
It’s hard to tell what we’re in for from the trailer (will there even be a narrative story?) but it appears to be somewhat in the tradition of the Scary, Epic, and Date Movie franchises, but hopefully (please god) smarter.
Here’s what Onion writer Todd Hanson told EW about the first movie option in 2000: “We’ve got to be careful. The last thing we want to do is look up and realize we’re doing ‘National Lampoon’s Seven Deadly Sins’ with Annabella Sciorra and a monkey in a funny hat. Nobody wants that. Nobody.”