Porky's Pimpin' Pee Wee

Porky's Pimpin' Pee Wee is a 2009 comedy film. It was produced as an ashcan copy in order to retain the legal rights to produce a remake of the film Porky's (1981).[2]

Porky's Pimpin' Pee Wee
Directed byBrian Trenchard-Smith
Produced by
  • Tony Roman
  • Chang Tseng
  • Paul Bronfman
  • Joel Roodman
Written byStephen Niver
Based onCharacters
by Bob Clark
Starring
CinematographyRon Levy
Edited byLawrence Klein
Release date
2009
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$500,000[1]

Premise

Three college student friends have misadventures over the summer.

Cast

Production

In 1994, a company called Lontano Investments purchased all rights to Porky's. In 2001 Lontano signed a contract with Mola Entertainment giving the latter the exclusive right to produce a Porky's film in exchange for 1.5% of the budget of the picture, less option fees. The agreement also gave Mola the right to produce another sequel if it satisfied the conditions of its deal, including completing the first picture within five years and paying the purchase fee in whole. This agreement was subsequently amended a number of times, extending the time and increasing the purchase fee from 1.5% of the budget to 2.5%. Mola originally wanted to make a film with a budget of around $10 million but were unable to raise the finance. They decided to make a film in 2009 for under $1 million before its rights expired. It was originally entitled Porky's: The College Years and was later renamed Porky's Pimpin' Pee Wee.[3]

"As time was running out they thought let’s whip up this cheap one and bury it," said Brian Trenchard-Smith, who was hired to direct four weeks before shooting began.[4]

Shooting took place over 15 days on location in Canyon Country, California, and at a studio in Simi Valley, California, starting in October 2008. The director says the film was "designed as an homage to the 80′s sex-comedies where there are raging hormones that cause characters to defy logic and moral scruples in the search for the Holy Grail, which is to get laid. A desperate attempt to get laid."[1] He says his aim was to do an update that did not lose the essence of the original.

Release

The movie was briefly released via video on demand but was not released on DVD.[1] Mola then claimed they had fulfilled their obligations under their contract with Lontano and retained rights to make another sequel. However, Lontano subsequently claimed that the film required a budget of $10 million to satisfy the arrangement. A lawsuit ensued, affecting plans by Howard Stern to make his own remake as Mola maintained it held rights on Porky's until April 1, 2014.[3]

References

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