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ThanksKilling Movie

June 23, 2011 09:00 ET

Turkey Actor Dumps ThanksKilling Sequel -- Film's Creators Use Fans to Hunt Him Down

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 23, 2011) - Turkie, the fowl-mouthed star villain of the ThanksKilling franchise has abandoned the much hyped sequel due to creative differences with producers Kevin Stewart and Jordan Downey. Such actions have caused Stewart and Downey to launch a "Lost Turkey" campaign in hopes of luring Turkie back to the franchise before cameras roll.

"Turkey actors are hard to come by," Downey admits, "and we can't make this movie without our star!" Considering TAG (Turkey Actors Guild) guidelines strictly oppose the "hunting" of their clients, Stewart and Downey sought a way to creatively inform the nation to help identify Turkie. And who better to recognize the 3' tall feathered thespian than his fans themselves? Informing a network of thousands of Facebook and Twitter followers, the duo created WWW.WHERESTHETURKEY.COM:

  • Online, fans can email to receive free "LOST TURKEY" FLYERS to post in their hometowns.
  • If anyone spots Turkie, they're encouraged to report his whereabouts immediately by calling 1-855-FIND-TURKEY.

Even in the event of Turkie's successful capture, Stewart and Downey still share concern that their star will opt against the sequel (tentatively titled ThanksKilling: The Beaquel) without a budget in place. "All he left was a note saying 'No money up front = no deal,'" Stewart woefully revealed. The producers chose online fundraising site Kickstarter.com to offer fans rewards such as t-shirts, DVDs, producer credits, and an on-screen death. Funds raised will help make Turkie's offer to return more enticing. With production on the sequel set to begin in the fall of 2011, Turkie must be found before it's too late...

About ThanksKilling
Shot for $3,500 in 2007 by then-21 year old college students Kevin Stewart and Jordan Downey, ThanksKilling obtained cult fame after a do-it-yourself marketing campaign landed distribution with Gravitas Ventures (and subsequently Warner Bros.). ThanksKilling was released in over 100 million households via platforms such as iTunes, Hulu, Time Warner, and Amazon. The film tells the story of a group of stereotypical college kids hilariously stalked by a maniacal evil turkey. It proved to have incredible success with a young audience, becoming a top download through Playstation game systems and one of the most popular horror comedies on Netflix. Stewart and Downey met while studying film production at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, where their shared childhood interest in cult horror films sparked an idea: go out and make one of their own.

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