Back in March, Rifftrax — the Internet 2.0 version of Mystery Science Theater 3000, in which MST3K cast members Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy make fun of contemporary schlock with syncing commentary tracks — successfully raised more than $200,000 to put on their next live show at The Belcourt, beamed out to hundreds of theaters nationwide.
What were they going to do with that newly acquired scratch? License Twilight for a public shaming, of course.
Don't get too excited. According to an update posted yesterday to the Kickstarter, plans for the live riff of Twilight were kiboshed by Summit Entertainment, who weren't terribly interested in allowing their prized cash cow to join the ranks of Birdemic and Manos: The Hands of Fate in the Rifftrax Live hall of fame. Instead, the crew was forced to move on to Plan B: the bug-splattering sci-fi war satire Starship Troopers.
The Rifftrax guys have some words for why you shouldn't be bummed out over the switcheroo:
We’re excited about this for a number of reasons: It’s big. It’s goofy. It’s got giant bug aliens. Folks have been asking us to do this movie ever since we riffed excerpts of it on the 1998 MST3K Blockbuster Special. And IT’S FREAKING STARSHIP TROOPERS! It’s basically a cheesy 50s sci-fi flick, the kind we know and “love”, but made in 1997 with a massive Hollywood budget! NEIL PATRICK HARRIS as a psychic who talks to giant bugs! DENISE RICHARDS as a brilliant starship pilot, before she was a brilliant nuclear scientist in that Bond movie! MICHAEL IRONSIDE, because it’s a war movie, so of course Michael Ironside! JAKE BUSEY, hanging out and making it weird! This movie’s got it all!
Once again, the crew will film the live show in The Belcourt's 1925 hall, simulcast to theaters across the nation. Tickets are not yet on sale, but Kickstarter backers will get first dibs before the rest of us (who somehow slept on this campaign) get a crack at them. If you miss out on being in the broadcast, you'll always be able to watch it at participating theaters like Green Hills 16.
Until then, you can sate your Twilight-related disappointment with the crew's hilarious 2009 Twilight riff. Twilight DVD not included.