Written by Jason Hellerman, “Shovel Buddies” follows a boy, Jimmy, whose best friend Sammy dies of leukemia. Jimmy discovers a note that indicates Sammy’s burial preferences, and he teams up with his friends to make sure these wishes are followed.
Alex Neustaedter will star as Jimmy, while his friends will be played by YouTube star Kian Lawley and singer Bella Thorne. The cast also includes Anton Starkman and James C. Burns.
The film recently started shooting in California, where it’s being directed by British directing team Simon Atkinson and Adam Townley. AwesomenessTV’s founder and CEO Brian Robbins is producing alongside Dean Scnider, Ben Forkner, Alie Itri, Shauna Phelan, and Larry Shapiro.
“Shovel Buddies” comes after the AwesomenessTV’s first feature film, “Expelled,” starring digital star Cameron Dallas. It was the number one “social movie” on iTunes in 2014.
Jason Hellerman’s “Shovel Buddies” screenplay was on the 2013 edition of The Black List.