Amazon’s Prime Video obtained the worldwide rights to ‘Ricky Stanicky’ from the Oscar-winning director Peter Farrelly starring Zac Efron, John Cena, and Jermaine Fowler.

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The Dumb and Dumber director returns to comedy with an R-rated project titled Ricky Stanicky and has started production in Melbourne, Australia, alongside Zac Efron (The Greatest Beer Run Ever), John Cena (Peacemaker), and Jermaine Fowler (The Drop). 

The film follows the story of three teens who created an imaginary person to shift all their blame on and called him Ricky Stanicky after pulling a prank and burning down a house in their neighborhood. However, after twenty years, when their wives demand to meet this person, they hire an actor to do the job.

Ricky Stanicky’s producers include Paul Currie (Hacksaw Ridge) of Footloose Productions, Thorsten Schumacher (All Quiet on the Western Front) of Rocket Science, and John Jacobs (Blades of Glory) of Smart Entertainment.

Meanwhile, Peter Farrelly will write the script with Brian Jarvis (Loudermilk) and Jim Freeman (Loudermilk), based on the original spec script by Jeff Bushnell (Beverly Hills Chihuahua) and Steve Oedekerk (Bruce Almighty).

Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon and MGM Studios, commented on the matter, saying, “We are excited to embark on this new project with comedy legend Peter Farrelly.”

“With Peter’s expertise and what are sure-to-be hilarious performances from our stellar cast led by Zac Efron, John Cena, and Jermaine Fowler, our Prime Video viewers around the world are in store for a bit of mischief and a lot of laughs.”

Peter Farrelly also expressed his excitement, “I’m very grateful to Amazon, as well as Paul Currie, Thorsten Schumacher, and John Jacobs, for finally bringing Ricky Stanicky to life.” and added, “This has been a dream project of mine for many years but to end up with a cast this crazy good makes the wait more than worthwhile.”

The Amazon original comedy movie Rick Stanicky is set to stream on Prime Video in over 240 countries and territories at release. Creative Artists Agency- CAA Media Finance and Rocket Science orchestrated the deal with Amazon’s Prime Video on behalf of the filmmakers.

Published by HOLR Magazine.