TORONTO —; On the 36th anniversary of Animal House comes news that a frat house comedy for a new generation will be filmed next month in Hamilton, Ont.
Steven Yaffee and David Wontner have signed on to star in Total Frat Movie, a feature based on the popular TotalFratMove website and book created by Madison Wickham and Ryan Young.
Described as “a feature film full of the authentic fraternity humour that hasn’t been seen on screen since Animal House,” Total Frat Movie follows six former pledges who set out to resurrect the Rhos fraternity three years after it was shut down.
It is scheduled to shoot in Hamilton from Aug. 10 to 28.
The location is fitting because Animal House, released on July 28, 1978, was partly inspired by producer Ivan Reitman’s experiences at the Delta Upsilon fraternity at Hamilton’s McMaster University.
Yaffee, 28, is a Toronto native who has had guest roles in a long list of homegrown series, including Rookie Blue, Lost Girl and Murdoch Mysteries.
Wontner’s credits include Being Erica and the TV movie My Babysitter’s a Vampire. The actor hails from King City, Ont.
Total Frat Movie is being directed by Canada’s Warren P. Sonoda, whose credits include Swearnet: The Movie, Servitude and several episodes of Trailer Park Boys.
DeWayne Jessie, singer for the band that performed “Shout” in Animal House, will reportedly make a cameo in the movie.
Producers tried to raise $300,000 on crowd-sourcing site Indiegogo but only managed a quarter of the goal.
BELOW: Watch Otis Day & the Knights perform “Shout” in Animal House.