Your upcoming series There Goes Da Neighba'hood - in a few
words, what's it all going to be about?
The lead characters - Todd and Cyndi White - are a married couple with a
real sheltered, white, suburban, middle-class background. Imagine a
modern-day Carol and Mike Brady, only slightly more hip. Through a series
of very shady and questionable circumstances, they find themselves saddled
with Mubia Abul-Jama (the Black Devil Doll) as an unwelcome houseguest.
What happens after that is a series of terribly funny, cringe-inducing,
and often life-threatening situations that always go horribly wrong for
the Whites when Mubia's completely over-the-top criminal ghetto lifestyle
clashes with their lilly white world. In a nutshell, it's Webster meets
Training Day, with an angry black
militant puppet. Just really, really, fucked up and ridiculously funny.
Goes Da Neighba'hood being based on your movie Black
Devil Doll - what convinced you to spin the concept of the movie
off into a series, and how did the project get off the ground to begin
We had been wanting to do a sequel since before we
were even finished with Black
Devil Doll. It just always seemed like it
was ripe for a sequel, and the audience clearly seems to love the Mubia
character. Problem was, we just never had that "HOLY FUCK!"
moment with any of the sequel outlines that we came up with. Plenty of
strong and funny ideas, don't get me wrong. But they ultimately just
didn't feel like they were different enough from the original to really
motivate us to dive in. Even on the budgetary scale we're used to working
with, these things are still a massive undertaking. I guess ultimately we
wanted to do something more out of left field, something more innovative
and challenging. And once Osteen and Mitch finished the scripts, there was
just no turning back for any of us. We knew immediately that it was too
fucking nuts not to produce it.
I've read somewhere that you plan to base There
Goes Da Neighba'hood on 1980's style sitcoms (of course with a naughty
twist) - care to elaborate, and what do you think makes your character
work in these surroundings especially well?
In terms of the general visual aspects of capturing that period of TV,
it's going to be mainly accomplished with things like the sets, a
laugh-track, the lighting, camera angles, things like that. As far as
story wise goes, it's that whole "fish-out-of-water"character
scenario that has always been such a plot staple with sitcoms. Once we had
the basic outline and primary characters fleshed-out, that shit
practically wrote itself. What are the possible kinds of things that
happen when you're houseguest is a foul-mouthed, murderous, rapist black
puppet that hates white people? What is the landlord's and neighbors'
reaction? What happens if you bring the boss and his wife home for dinner?
What if you have to leave him to take care of the house for the weekend?
Do you make him get a job and contribute? Do you let him bring women home?
Do they live by a school? The story possibilities are endless!
Devil Doll and sitcoms, any other sources of inspiration for There
Goes Da Neighba'hood?
In a way, everything that we watch kinda influences us. Do you remember
the sitcom bit with Rodney Dangerfield in Natural Born Killers?
That should give you a bit of a hint as to what we're up to.
The humour of
Devil Doll was (more than) a bit on the politically incorrect and
intentionally crude side. To what extent will that translate into the
series? Also concerning sex and violence, will you restrain yourself in
the new format?
There will be ZERO restraint. That is the shit that makes us all laugh
out loud, so that will always be our signature thing. Ultimately, we like
to create stuff that we'd like to see ourselves. We're just happy that
there are a bunch of other twisted fuckers out there in the audience that
like the same weird shit as us. But I do have to admit that the overall
tone and humor of the series is going to be a whole lot smarter. We're all
proud of how absurd Black
Devil Doll was, but the goal with the series is
to crank everything up a notch. It's sill going to be completely
ridiculous, but I'm guessing people are going to spend a little more time
after they watch it, thinking about some of the subtle and not-so subtle
subtexts in some of the jokes.
Do talk about your key crew (including
yourself) for a bit, and what is each of you going to bring to the table?
It's the same core guys that were involved with
getting the Black
Devil Doll movie produced, as well as both Brawlin' Broads-titles. John Osteen, Mitchell Boone, Jonathan
"Louis" Lewis [Jonathan
Lewis interview - click here], and myself. I could yammer on all day about what
each one of them brings to the table, but I think the best way to sum it
up is by saying that collectively we form a real cohesive and potent
creative production team. We've got some pretty effective skills in
everything from writing and producing, to shooting, editing, and visual
and practical effects, to merchandising and marketing. We've all worked in
so many different areas of production. Everyone individually brings a lot
of different skills to the table, we've got a lot of Jack-Of-All-Trades on
you can tell us about your key cast yet?
By the time this interview is published, we will have already announced
our two lead actors, Heidi Honeycutt (Retardead, Erection) and Trent Haaga
(Toxic Avenger IV, Dead Girl), who will be playing Cindy and Todd White.
And we are beyond thrilled that we landed Trent and Heidi for those roles!
They share a ton of screen time with Mubia, so it was really important
that we cast the perfect pair of actors to play "The Whites".
Not only are they both hugely talented actors with great comedic abilities
and genuine experience, but they're both accomplished writers. The writing
part of There Goes Da Neighba'hood is finished, but it's just nice to have
that sort of creative juice on the team. They're both just all-around
cool, super creative people. We've already had a chance to shoot and
produce a few things with them for this project, and the magic we were
looking for was clearly there. Everyone is going to love the dynamic
between "The Whites" and Mubia - it's fucking hysterical! And I
should mention that we have some other cool casting news right around the
corner. The plan is to have a special guest star on every episode, and
that idea is coming together nicely. We'll probably only announce one or
two of them before we start principal photography, but our first guest is
locked-down tight, and we can't wait to let everyone know who it is. Very
As far as I
know, as we speak There Goes Da Neighba'hood is still in its
fundraising stages - so what can you tell us about your fundraising
I can tell you that we really need that fucking money in order to get
this bastard done, and done in a timely fashion. That's for damn sure!
This thing has already been in the writing, development, and
pre-production stages for the better part of a year. We were reluctant to
go the fan-funding route at first, but we just didn't see any other way to
pull it off. We're only trying to raise about half the money - the rest is
from our own pockets - but it's still a healthy chunk of change. But
when people see what we're able to accomplish with that budget, they're
going to shit their collective pants. Plus, we've made sure to offer up
some really killer perks for their contributions. Now we love the idea of
fan-funding it, and we're having a killer time with it! We just want to
produce a killer series and make all the fans happy... it really is that
simple. But we do need help getting it done.
Once the funds are raised, how do you plan to
proceed, and when and where will the series be released (even if I know
it's waaay too early to ask)? And considering the format, are you planning
to actually pitch the series to conventional TV stations?
Once we have the funds, we'll wrap pre-production and
be shooting within a couple months.
We know we'll get attention from a cable network or
two because that has already actually happened - just since we launched
the fund-raising campaign. But in all honestly, we don't give a fuck if
anyone is interested in picking it up for television broadcast. Making it
available on DVD/Blu-Ray and online Video-On-Demand will make us and the
fans all plenty happy. We certainly would love to keep increasing our
audience, but not at the expense of the final product. We don't need some
dick in a suit telling us what's funny and entertaining. Fuck that shit.
And we fully expect to have it finished and released
within a year.
future projects beyond There Goes Da Neighba'hood (both with
and without a black devil doll)?
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We've always got a bunch of other ideas brewing, but nothing worth
mentioning at this point. Once There Goes Da Neighba'hood locked into
place with us, that's all we've really been able to focus on.
website, Facebook, IndieGoGo, whatever else?
The main website is pretty much the gateway to all
Devil Doll: www.blackdevildoll.com
But we're cool with a direct link to the campaign
else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
I think I might be suffering from that Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I've
been spending a lot of time on the shitter lately.
for the interview!