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Star and co-writer Adam Devine shared the news Monday on Instagram, expressing frustration over the reasoning for the streamer’s decision.
“Welp, Paramount + decided to cancel the Workaholics movie. Obviously, this news is the loosest butthole. We were suppose to begin filming in 5 weeks! P + told us don’t fit their new ‘global’ strategy,” Devine wrote. “We are deeply butt hurt about this decision because we were so excited to bring the weird one last time.”
A source familiar with the matter told The Hollywood Reporter that the movie is still with MTVE Studios, but due to production delays, it no longer fit within the streamer’s schedule.
In his Instagram post, Devine went on to express dismay at not getting to work with friends and co-stars, including Anders Holm and Blake Anderson, as well as the larger impact of the movie’s scrapping on the cast and crew, “who are now going to have to scramble to find new jobs.” The Workaholics team is out to other streamers, according to Devine. “Hopefully we will get to make this insanely fun movie somewhere else,” he added.
Based on the hit show of the same name that ran for seven seasons on Comedy Central, the Workaholics movie was announced as in development in February 2021. The show, also co-created by Workaholics director and actor Kyle Newacheck, Connor Pritchard and Dominic Russo, followed college dropouts trying and failing to stay out of trouble while clashing with co-workers, partying and pulling pranks.
Devine, Holm and Anderson were set to reprise their series roles alongside fellow creator Newacheck in a movie that would focus on the experience of working through the pandemic.
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