From YouTube to 3D: ‘Fred Figglehorn’ Makes His Way to the Big Screen

Teen actor Lucas Cruikshank created the “Fred” character, and is starring in his second movie

Lucas Cruikshank, the teen actor who turned his alter-ego character Fred Figglehorn into a YouTube hit and a TV movie for Nickelodeon, will star in a 3D movie for Lionsgate. 

John Fortenberry ("Blue Mountain State") is directing "Night of the Living Fred." David A. Goodman ("Family Guy") wrote the script. Production is now under way in Los Angeles.

The film is a co-production of Lionsgate, Varsity Pictures and The Collective.

Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett of Varsity Pictures and Gary Binkow and Evan Weiss of the Collective are producing. Michael Green, CEO of the Collective, will executive produce.

Cruikshank stars as Fred, the fast-talking, hyperactive character he created and whose YouTube videos have been viewed more than 700 million times. Lionsgate released his TV movie "Fred: The Movie" on home video. 

Cruikshank also will star in a half-hour Nickelodeon series.

UTA, which reps Cruikshank, Robbins and Goodman, packaged "Night of the Living Fred." ICM reps Fortenberry.