Comedy filmmaker and actor Mike Judge says that 20th Century Fox hit the kill switch on his plans to resurrect one of his most beloved films in order to give commentary on the 2016 election.
“It was announced that they were anti-Trump, and I would’ve preferred to make them and then have the people decide,” Judge said. “Terry Crews had wanted to just make some funny Camacho ads, and Etan [Cohen] and I had written a few that I thought were pretty funny, and it just fell apart.”
Judge and Cohen worked together in 2006 to create the film Idiocracy. The story is about a military corporal who takes part in a cryogenic freezing experiment, only to find out that future America is a dystopian failed-state whose entire population is hopelessly unintelligent.
Judge announced back in June that he had plans to bring back the iconic character President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho in order to shoot campaign ads for him and see how well he applies to the current state of America.
“Doing something satirical like that is better if you just don’t say, ‘Here we come with the anti-Trump ads!’”
20th Century Fox is part of Rupert Murdoch‘s media empire, and they’ve owned the rights to Idiocracy since distributing the film ten years ago. Murdoch is apparently a Donald Trump supporter, and Judge said that Fox wouldn’t let him go ahead with his revival.
Judge said that he constantly receives messages from fans who say that he predicted the future of humanity. Only a few months ago, Cohen remarked on Twitter that he never expected the film would become a documentary.
“I didn’t want Idiocracy to get popular by the world getting stupider faster,” Judge said. “I guess I was 450 years off! But yeah, it’s a tad bit scary!”
[h/t The Daily Beast]
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