Given how much money "Date Movie" and the "Scary Movie" entries have made, it was only a matter of time before a clever screenwriter came up with the idea to spoof the superhero movies. That writer was John Unholz, and his spec script was recently purchased by the genre outfit known as Dimension.
Says The Hollywood Reporter: "Dimension Films has pre-emptively bought John Unholz’s superhero spoof "Comic Book: The Movie." The spec, which was bought for mid-six against seven figures, went out wide Thursday morning and was acquired by Dimension on Thursday night after drawing interest from multiple studios. Described as in the vein of the "Scary Movie" franchise and the recent boxoffice hit "Date Movie," "Comic Book" is a spoof of comic book-based films. There are no producers or director attached yet. Dimension, which has a history of success lampooning the horror genre with its "Scary Movie" franchise, also had been developing the satire "Superhero!" with "Scary Movie 3" filmmakers David Zucker, Craig Mazin and Robert Weiss. That project has had no new movement in more than a year. Unholz, a former TV scribe who was a staff writer on WB Network’s "Hype," sold the TV pilot "Operator Standing By" to Happy Madison Prods. "Comic Book" marks his first foray into feature film writing."
Too bad there’s already a flick called "Comic Book: The Movie," eh?