Paramount+ has canceled its plans for a Workaholics film, just five weeks out from production, Deadline has confirmed.
Adam Devine, who co-created and starred in the original sitcom for Comedy Central, announced the news via Instagram on Monday morning, noting that he and his Workaholics collaborators will further discuss it tomorrow on their podcast, This Is Important. “Welp, Paramount + decided to cancel the Workaholics movie,” he wrote. “Obviously, this news is the loosest butthole. We were suppose to begin filming in 5 weeks!”
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Devine says he and his collaborators were told the project was axed because it no longer fit into Paramount+’s “new “global” strategy,” though sources tell us the decision stemmed from scheduling issues for the streamer after multiple production delays.
“We are deeply butt hurt about this decision because we were so excited to bring the weird one last time,” continued Devine in his social-media statement. “I’m butt hurt that I don’t get to work with my best friends again. I’m butt hurt for the fans, and I’m butt hurt for our loyal crew, and other cast members who are now going to have to scramble to find new jobs.”
Devine added that the Workaholics team is taking the project “out to other streamers,” with hopes of getting to make “this insanely fun movie” elsewhere. (Deadline understands that the project remains with MTV Entertainment Studios. Whether it will be shopped isn’t yet clear.)
Devine teamed with Blake Anderson and Anders Holm to create Workaholics, which ran for seven seasons on Comedy Central between 2011 and 2017. The Emmy-nominated comedy series had the trio playing juvenile friends and roommates who work together as telemarketers in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Plans to extend the franchise via a new film for Paramount+ were first announced in February 2021.
View Devine’s full post on the axing of the Workaholics movie below.
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