A comedy feature that will serve as a starring vehicle for Vine superstar Andrew Bachelor AKA King Bach is in the works at Matt Weaver’s MediaWeaver Entertainment. The Tracking Board has learned that Weaver will team with Ron Burkle, who will finance and produce the currently untitled feature through The Yucaipa Companies.
While the details of the film are being kept under wraps, we’re hearing that the basic plot is being pitched in the vein of Jim Carrey’s The Cable Guy, but not quite as dark. Anyone who is familiar with Bach’s comedic sensibility can certainly appreciate the comparison, as his short videos tend to maintain a goofiness even when leaning into more mature subjects like racial identity and sexual innuendo.
Bach, whose given name is Andrew Bachelor, became an internet sensation after dropping out of New York Film Academy, eventually building up over 13 million followers and over 5 billion loops on Vine–the social media app that puts a six-second limit on videos. He is currently a series regular on Adult Swim’s Black Jesus, and has recurring roles on Showtime’s House of Lies and Hulu’s The Mindy Project. He recently played a fictionalized version of himself in the Zac Efron film We Are Your Friends.
Bach has been blowing up as of late. He recently joined McG’s The Babysitter alongside Bella Thorne and Samara Weaving, while just weeks ago it was announced that Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele will produce a new single-camera comedy starring Bach, written by Alex Rubens. The premise of the half-hour is loosely based on one of Bach’s many Vine characters.
Weaver is the producer of numerous features, including the 2013 hit comedy We’re the Millers. He’s familiar with navigating the digital space, as well, as the producer of the Netflix series Chef’s Table. Billionaire investor Burkle has been financing films for over fifteen years, with titles like August: Osage County and 3 Days to Kill among his credits. Sources say the producers are keeping the budget low, with Weaver and Burkle looking to land a director who can help shape the script while appealing to Bach’s massive global audience.
Bach is repped by UTA.
Josh Lyons | Staff Writer