BY GEOFF WEISS
Have YouTube’s biggest pranksters become too big for the Internet? That’s the oversized premise of the forthcoming Natural Born Pranksters—a feature film that conjures notions of Jackass and stars three of the Web’s most notorious mischief-makers: Roman Atwood, Dennis Roady and Vitaly Zdorovetskiy.
The Lionsgate feature, which fittingly arrives on April Fool’s Day in about every format imaginable—including in theaters and on digital HD, VOD and DVD—will include a host of new stunts, pranks and social experiments from the trio, who together count more than 28 million subscribers and 3 billion views.
An uproarious trailer, featuring the guys terrorizing strangers, friends and family members—as well as other bold-faced YouTubers like Jenna Marbles and Furious Pete—premiered today on each of the prank artists’ YouTube channels. Scenes range from hilarious to potentially insensitive: In one skit, Atwood is burned to a literal crisp by a malfunctioning tanning bed. In another, the trio rigs a Chinese restaurant with cameras and play audio of dogs being killed and cooked in the kitchen.
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Natural Born Pranksters was financed and produced by Studio 71 (formerly Collective Digital Studio), and directed by Atwood and Ben Pluimer, who has also worked with fellow YouTubers (and Studio 71 creators) Epic Meal Time on the FYI series Epic Meal Empire.
Ahead of the film’s release, Atwood, Roady and Zdorovetskiy are embarking on a nine-city screening tour beginning on March 21 in Washington, D.C.
Screengrab via Lionsgate Unlocked/YouTube