YouTuber Shane Dawson (5.72 million subscribers, 1.128 billion views) will be teaming with Maker Studios and Off the Dock, the digital studio arm of Lakeshore Entertainment, for the feature-length mockumentary “Internet Famous,” to be released digitally next year.
“Internet Famous” will be directed by Michael Gallagher from a script he co-wrote with comedian Steve Greene. Both are part of the Maker Studios network.
“Internet Famous” will follow six Internet personalities — played by Dawson, Greene, Amanda Cerny, Christian DelGrosso (also a member of the Maker network), Wendy McColm and Richard Ryan — as they travel across the country to compete in a talent competition that will award the winner their own TV show.
The film is being produced by Off The Dock, Maker Studios, and Gallagher’s Cinemand. Maker Studios and Off The Dock will co-distribute across digital platforms.
Dawson, Gallagher and Greene are represented by United Talent Agency, and Gallagher and Greene are also managed by Management 360.
While Dawson will be confined to acting in “Internet Famous,” he worked behind the camera last year in the Starz reality-competition show “The Chair, in which he and another filmmaker, Anna Martemucci, shot two different films using the same screenplay and the same small budget. Dawson’s “Not Cool” ended up beating out Martemucci’s “Holidaysburg” to claim the $250,000 prize, but his work inspired the wrath of everyone from an L.A. Times critic to “The Chair”’s producer, actor Zachary Quinto, who publicly complained about working with Dawson, deemed the film “deeply offensive” and a “vapid waste of time,” and threatened to have his name removed from the film. Others criticized the film as homophobic. (Dawson has since come out as bisexual.)
In an interview with the author earlier this year, Dawson — who at the time was outfitted in prosthetics and a fat suit to play his younger, heavier self in a dramatization of a segment of his autobiography “I Hate My Selfie” — talked about the experience of making “Not Cool” and his conflicts with Quinto.