News came today that Miramax Films is developing a satire with the former editor in chief of The Onion.
Per the Hollywood Reporter, “Homeland Insecurity” will “track the misadventures of two Arab-Americans who are mistaken for terrorists while on a business trip to Texas. Robert Siegel will write the screenplay; he has co-written the script for “The Untitled Onion Movie” for Fox-based Regency Enterprises.”
This of course begs the question: What the hell ever happened to “The Untitled Onion Movie” at Fox-based Regency Enterprises, anyway?
Well, when it got started in 2004, it was to have been a Fox Searchlight release that was co-financed by Regency. You’ll notice its not billed that way anymore, because Fox Searchlight’s Peter Rice wants nothing more to do with it.
Insiders tell FishbowlLA that while 70% of the film was quite funny, the rest was quite unfunny. The more the studio dithered about what to to do about this, the older and moldier the material got. For example, jokes about Britney Spears questionable status as a virgin don’t hold up so well when she’s about to whelp her second pup.
Says one insider: You’ll probably never see it released.
Here’s hoping Disney’s Miramax pulls the trigger on “Homeland Insecurity” ASAP. With the war on terror going so smashingly, we’d hate to see it won before Siegel’s script could even be produced!