AwesomenessTV and Film 360 are partnering to produce the film Shovel Buddies, about four teenagers who try to complete a bucket list left for them by their best friend before he died of leukemia.
Casting is currently underway, with filming scheduled to start later in the first half of 2015. A day-and-date theatrical and VOD release is also planned.
Jason Hellerman wrote the script, which was #8 on the 2013 Blacklist. The project wound up in the hands of Film 360, which approached Big Frame co-president Larry Shapiro about packaging the film around digital-native talent. Shapiro then took it to Big Frame’s parent company AwesomenessTV, producer of last fall’s hit direct-to-digital (with limited theatrical release) feature Expelled, starring top Viners Cameron Dallas and Marcus Johns.
The film will be helmed by British commercial directing team Si & Ad (Simon Atkinson and Adam Townley), repped on the deal by WME and Grandview Management. Film 360’s Dean Schnider and Ben Forkner, AwesomenessTV’s Brian Robbins (Wild Hogs, Coach Carter, Varsity Blues) and Shauna Phelan (Expelled, Smosh: The Movie), Shapiro and Ali Itri (formerly of Management 360) are on-board as producers.
Hellerman is repped by Film 360’s talent arm, Management 360, Verve and attorney Carlos Goodman.
Film 360 is in production on director Danny Boyle’s (Slumdog Millionaire) Universal feature Steve Jobs, currently filming in San Francisco with stars Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels and Seth Rogen. It also produced The Gallows, which is slated for wide release by New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. on July 10.