Paramount Digital Entertainment in association with MTV, both part of Viacom Inc., announced today that it plans to release “Jackass 3.5″ digitally in March of 2011.
Jackass 3D hit theaters on October 15, 2010 and has already grossed over $155 million at the worldwide box office. The film stars Johnny Knoxville and the boys and was produced by Dickhouse Production’s Jeff Tremaine and Spike Jonze, along with Knoxville. “Jackass 3.5,” which was tailor-made for launch in digital media, will feature all new content, including never-before-seen stunts, pranks and other side-splitting antics by the Jackass crew. New stunts and antics from “Jackass 3.5″ will be released online weekly and then packaged together as a feature length film distributed digitally followed by other platforms including home video.
“I don’t want to say that the Jackass guys invented the Internet, but they were doing viral videos before most people had even heard the term. That distinguished heritage makes Jackass the perfect franchise for digital,” said Thomas Lesinski, President of Paramount Digital Entertainment. “When the Jackass guys went to make ‘Jackass 3D,’ we proposed that we shoot a follow up to the successful ‘Jackass 2.5′ digital feature alongside it, and everyone was up for it. In ‘Jackass 3.5,’ you are going to see an entire movie’s worth of new stunts, new pranks and new gags, on whatever screen you choose.”
“For ‘Jackass 3D’ we shot enough footage for two movies so a lot of great stuff didn’t make it in the film. Luckily you will get to see those bits in 3.5. We also shot some additional footage in Europe specifically for 3.5. I have staples in my head right now to prove it. Woo hoo,” said Jackass co-founder and star Johnny Knoxville.
“It’s been ten years since ‘Jackass’ first launched on MTV and there is still more poo, stunts and hilarity to go around on every screen imaginable,” said Van Toffler, President, MTVN Music/Logo/Films Group. “Whenever the Jackass crew gets together, you know there will be a plethora of valuable fragments of entertainment to satiate their fans, and ‘Jackass 3.5′ will not disappoint as the latest installment in this fine franchise.”
In 2007, Paramount Digital Entertainment & MTV released ‘Jackass 2.5,’ the first digital movie released by a studio that quickly became the most successful non-theatrical release in the studios history. In the first few weeks of launch, the digital property garnered over 20 million views and was the #1 title on iTunes the week it launched.