Janoskians sign Lionsgate film deal
Australian boyband The Janoskians are headed for the big screen after they signed a film deal with Lionsgate.
The Melbourne comedy group - made up of brothers Beau, Jai and Luke Brooks, and their friends Daniel Sahyounie and James Yammouni - became a YouTube phenomenon with their pranks. Their popularity has spawned a sold-out worldwide tour in 2013, a clothing line called Dirty Pig, a record deal with Republic Records and a video game.
Lionsgate, the studio behind the Twilight and Hunger Games franchises, are planning a Jackass-style partially-scripted comedy "packed with stunts, public pranks and wish fulfilment", following the group as they adjust to life in Los Angeles and their wish to throw the biggest party ever, reported Deadline.
Beau said: "In our wildest dreams we never thought we would end up working with a company like Lionsgate. They take risks, break rules and make epic movies.
"We can't wait to take our pranks and jokes to the next level. We know we are lucky, and we will make the most of it, we promise you," he added.
Danny Lee will direct the movie, which would be written by c omedian Dan Ahdoot.
The Janoskians (Just Another Name Of Silly Kids In Another Nation) became a hit after they started posting their pranks and stunts on YouTube in 2011. After signing a deal with Sony Music Australia in 2012, they have notched up 1.23 million Twitter followers and 1.5 million subscribers to their YouTube channel.
Police were forced to cordon off a road around Times Square in New York when fans turned up to meet the group earlier this year.