How meta can you go?
Starting today, Rain Of Madness, a faux documentary about the making of the movie-within-the-movie in Ben Stiller's controversial laugh riot Tropic Thunder, is available for free download at the iTunes store.
For a look at the trailer, click here.
Any resemblance between the Rain of Madness poster and the poster for Hearts of Darkness, the documentary on the making of Coppola's Apocalypse Now, is strictly intentional.
The official press release:
Rain of Madness, starring Jay Baruchel, Jack Black, Steve Coogan, Robert Downey Jr., Bill Hader, Nick Nolte and Ben Stiller is a companion piece to the hit comedy Tropic Thunder, which debuted in theaters nationwide on August 13, and serves as a documentary of the making-of the feature film. It was shot on location in Hawaii, at the same locations used in the feature film, and details the demise of the fictitious cast & crew of Tropic Thunder, as they struggle to finish shooting their film despite numerous shooting, budgeting and casting problems.
"We wanted to do a fake documentary about the making of the movie within the movie which is called Tropic Thunder -- not the actual movie Tropic Thunder. The fake documentary focuses on the real movie's fake director, and what happens to the fake cast before they go into the real jungle. It's pretty straightforward", says Ben Stiller, one of the stars of the documentary and the director/star/producer and co-writer of Tropic Thunder.
“Original material for web consumption is a growing area for us, and Rain of Madness, dovetails perfectly with the theatrical release of Tropic Thunder. They complement and reinforce one another, while staying true to the comedic sensibility that Ben and his team brought to Tropic Thunder. We hope fans will appreciate this exclusive digital content and continue the experience at www.RainOfMadness.com