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The Onion Movie - Tom Kuntz & Mike Maguire - 2008


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A sketch comedy feature film written by Robert Siegel and Todd Hanson, long-time editors and writers for The Onion website and publication. "The Untitled Onion Movie" incorporates the comic point of view of The Onion, the world's most popular humor periodical, which provides three million readers each week with a much-needed news-satire fix. In a history spanning 15 years, six popular books, and 10 Webby Awards, The Onion has become internationally famous for its commentary on world events, human behavior, and journalistic convention. Founded in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1988, The Onion has spun off successful print editions in New York City, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Denver, and in 1996 established a dominant presence on the Internet, where it has attracted millions of fans worldwide.


In 2003, Fox Searchlight Pictures was onboard to release a movie written by The Onion staff. Tentatively titled The Untitled Onion Movie, it was to be directed by music video directors Tom Kuntz and Mike Maguire and written by then Onion editor Robert Siegel and writer Todd Hanson. After delays and middling previews to test audiences, the film was shelved and eventually dropped by Fox. At some point in the process, directors Tom Kuntz and Mike Maguire and writer Robert Siegel walked away from the project.


In 2006, New Regency Productions took over the production of the troubled project. As of 2006 the film's fate is still in limbo with studio heads still at odds with current Onion management as to what to do with the film. No new director has been named to helm the project and Mr. Show star Scott Aukerman has been recruited to help rescue the project. Reportedly the studio would like to keep one hour of already completed footage in the final film and film new material to flesh it out, while current Onion management is rumored to be leaning towards scrapping all shot footage and starting from scratch.


In a March 15, 2007 interview Scott Aukerman was quoted as saying “Do people still use the term 'dead standstill'?” in response to the question, “Scott, how is the Onion movie coming along?” Sometime in March 2007 after that interview was printed, the listing for The Untitled Onion Movie at the Internet Movie Database disappeared.[11] Additionally, Onion, Inc. President Sean Mills has indicated The Onion is no longer associated with the film project.[12][13] In August 2007, the IMDb listing was restored.


In November 2007, President Sean Mills told Wikinews that the movie is a dead project. Although the studio Fox Searchlight has an option to release it on DVD, there are currently no plans to do so. Everyone involved in the project from the writers, to the directors to the studios, decided the material simply was not working.[3]


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