National Lampoon Picks Up Homo Erectus

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National Lampoon, Inc. today announced it has acquired worldwide rights to Adam Rifkin’s Homo Erectus.

The picture, produced in association with National Lampoon, Burnt Orange Productions and the University of Texas Film Institute, will be released this fall as National Lampoon’s Homo Erectus.

Written by, starring and directed by Adam Rifkin (Underdog, Mousehunt, Detroit Rock City), the film is scheduled for theatrical release in September 2007. Film also stars Ali Larter (“Heroes,” Final Destination) as Rifkin’s love interest. The cast additionally features Hayes MacArthur (The Game Plan, Atlanta), David Carradine (“Kill Bill,” Big Stan), Gary Busey (Lost Highway, The Firm) and Talia Shire (Blue Smoke, I Heart Huckabees).

The film was produced by Brad Wyman (Monster, Freeway) and Carolyn Pfeiffer (The Quiet) with Tom Schatz serving as executive producer on the project.

Homo Erectus is a prehistoric comedy that follows the exploits of the hapless Ishbo (Rifkin), a philosophical caveman who yearns for more out of life than sticks, stones, and raw meat. Larter plays his unrequited love interest who is never impressed with Ishbo’s inventions such as the toilet, the spoon, and pants. Even though he is single-handedly striving to advance the human race, Ishbo continually irritates his fellow Neanderthals who write off his absurd gizmos and forward thinking ideas as the ravings of an idiot.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the likes of Brad and Adam on such a unique and exciting feature for National Lampoon,” said Tom Daniels, President of Worldwide Distribution at National Lampoon. “These are the kind of filmmakers that we look forward to being in business with.”

“Having National Lampoon’s stamp of approval is a lifetime dream come true,” Says Rifkin, “One of my favorite movies of all time is
‘National Lampoon’s Animal House,’ ‘Homo Erectus’ being a part of that legacy of film comedy is an honor beyond words!”

Homo Erectus will receive theatrical distribution under National Lampoon Releasing and home video distribution through National Lampoon Home Entertainment