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The Chronicles of Rick Roll is an upcoming action fantasy feature film starring an ensemble cast of viral video stars, produced by film production company Nurv and slated for release in 2014. Though a concept trailer with the same title was released in February 2011, there are little known details surrounding the actual film and its plot as of June 2013.
On February 16th, 2011, the Facebook fan page for a film project titled The Chronicles of Rick Roll was created. Two days later, Colorado-based film production and viral marketing company Nurv released a video containing interview footage (shown below, left) of Brian Collins (Boom Goes the Dynamite), Antoine Dodson (The Bedroom Intruder) and Yosemitebear Vazquez (Double Rainbow) billed as a behind-the-scenes clip from the movie. On February 22nd, an early concept teaser trailer (shown below, right) featuring Ben Schulz (Leeroy Jenkins), Stephen Quire (World of Warcraft Freakout) and Gary Brolsma (Numa Numa), in addition to the stars who appeared in the previous footage, partaking in an apocalyptic battle.
According to Internet Movie Database, the film follows the adventures of the protagonists Allison Sable and Rick Rolland as they explore the “world of the Internet” studded with an ensemble cast of Internet sensations including:
February 2011: News Media Coverage
News coverage of the film began appearing on February 23rd, 2011 after the teaser trailer was submitted to Buzzfeed by a community contributor. That day, the video was featured on the Huffington Post, Urlesque, Business Insider, Laughing Squid and Mashable. Over the course of the next several days, the video was featured on a number of internet culture and news websites including Viral Viral Videos, Videogum, Popdust, ABC News, the Escapist, Sydney Morning Herald, Techcrunch and PC Mag.
March 2011: Full-Length Trailer Released
On March 7th, 2011, a four-minute trailer was uploaded to Nurv’s YouTube account depicting a young female character named Allison talking to a man named Rick over video chat. After the video glitches, Allison is transported to an Alice in Wonderland-style world where she is greeted by Dodson in a Mad Hatter-style costume at a tea party. He then explains to Alison that she has been transported into the internet via a portal and chaos will ensue as a result of her intrusion. Rick also gets transported into the internet world in search of Allison, encountering numerous viral video stars on the way. As of June 2013, this trailer has accrued more than 1.2 million views. Additionally, an annotation has since been added to the YouTube clip stating that the scenes depicted in the trailer do not reflect the script of the movie that will be released.
July 2012: San Diego Comic Con
In July 2012, the film’s executive producer Andrew Fischer held a private pre-production event in San Diego coinciding with that year’s Comic Con to hype the film. Catie Wayne, better known as Boxxy, was invited to attend to announce her involvement in the film. The event was hosted by actor Mark Christopher Lawrence from the NBC sitcom Chuck, who also announced that he has been cast for the film.
May 2013: Producer’s Update
The Chronicles of Rick Roll actively maintains presence on Facebook, Twitter and IMDb, but little information about the film has yet to be revealed. On May 15th, 2012, executive producer Andrew Fischer posted an update to his personal Facebook fan page stating that it had become “a much bigger project than anticipated” and that they were still working on behind-the-scenes setup. As of June 2013, the film is slated for a 2014 release with a budget of $60 million, according to Nurv.
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