Crackle, Sony’s online entertainment network, unveiled two movies made for the web on Friday: a sequel to the 2001 comedy “Joe Dirt” and a martial arts movie titled “Extraction.”
They are the first two feature-length projects for Crackle, one of them, the “Dirt” sequel, is the first time a major studio release has gotten a second life as a made-for-digital movie.
“Joe Dirt: The Sequel” will bring David Spade back as the mullet-sporting redneck. “Extraction,” which stars Danny Glover, Vinnie Jones and Sean Astin, follows a Black Ops team member who must fight his way out of a maximum security prison in Russia. Written and directed by Tony Giglio, the Ranger 7-production will bow in September.
Until recently, Crackle was a destination for Sony’s library of movies and television shows. However, the company has pivoted to making original shows as well, including the successful Jerry Seinfeld series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”
Crackle, available on more than a dozen different platforms spanning TV and mobile, offered 20 hours of original programming last year. It will double up this year, hosting 80 original episodes and the two features.
Other new shows include "The Cleaners,” a six-episode crime series starring Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gina Gershon, David Arquette and Missi Pyle; the music documentary series “Play it Forward,” produced by Robert Downey Jr.; “Strand Street,” directed and produced by Milo Ventimiglia, and second seasons for “The Bannen Way” and “Chosen.”
"It's all greenlit and guaranteed to move forward," Crackle general manager Eric Berger said on Friday. "We're not just promising it; we're actually delivering it."