A sentence that sounds like it came from a Hollywood Madlibs (and maybe it did. Who knows how those guys come up with this stuff): Daniel Radcliffe will bring the origin story of “Weird Al” Yankovic to the screen in an upcoming biopic.
“Biopic” might be a loose term here. “Weird Al” is known for his goofy parodies of pop hits, which he’s been doing since long before YouTube made them ubiquitous. And it must be said, those YouTube parodies typically prove that what Yankovic does is a lot harder than it looks, since his hits like “Eat It” and “Amish Paradise” remain genuinely very funny in a way of his legions of imitators are not.
This biopic also sounds like it’ll be less a straight telling and more of a wacky spitball. From The Hollywood Reporter, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story “holds nothing back, exploring every facet of Yankovic’s life, from his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like ‘Eat It’ and ‘Like a Surgeon’ to his torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story takes audiences on a truly unbelievable journey through Yankovic’s life and career, from gifted child prodigy to the greatest musical legend of all time.”
Yankovic wrote the script with Eric Appel and the movie will be produced by Funny Or Die, which produced a viral fake trailer for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story back in 2010, starring Aaron Paul.
“When my last movie UHF came out in 1989, I made a solemn vow to my fans that I would release a major motion picture every 33 years, like clockwork. I’m very happy to say we’re on schedule,” Yankovic said in a statement. “And I am absolutely thrilled that Daniel Radcliffe will be portraying me in the film. I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the role future generations will remember him for.”