Writer: Peter Gaulke, Fred Wolf
The film marks the directorial debut of former "Saturday Night Live" writer Fred Wolf ("Joe Dirt," "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star") with a screenplay by Wolf and Peter Gaulke
The film is directed by Fred Wolf from an original screenplay written by Peter Gaulke
& Fred Wolf.
The producer is Peter Gaulke
After the genial, beloved TV host of the popular wildlife show "Strange Wilderness" passes on to the great nature special in the sky, his son Peter Gaulke
(Steve Zahn) takes over the series...and things are never the same.
Ignorant, bumbling and blissfully unaware of his
own lack of talent, Pete
documentary narrations with such dubious factoids as "Bears derive their name from a football team in Chicago" and "Beavers are believed to be a distant cousin of the watermelon."When the ratings sink to an all-time low and the show is about to be cancelled, Pete and his filmmaking partner Fred Wolf (Allen Covert) realize they have to come up with "something big" to save the series.
Their luck seems to take a turn for the better when Pete
gets a visit from his father's backwoods survivalist friend Bill Calhoun (Joe Don Baker), who offers to sell him a map to Bigfoot's jungle hideout.
...Convinced this is the big break they've been waiting for, Pete and Fred hire two new crewmembers, Bill Whitaker (Kevin Heffernan), an alcoholic auto mechanic, and Cheryl (Ashley Scott), a surprisingly qualified and beautiful travel coordinator, and set off for Ecuador in their dilapidated RV.
...-- Peter Gaulke, Host of TV's "Strange Wilderness"
"Strange Wilderness" began its life nearly a decade ago as a series of independently produced short videos by former "Saturday Night Live" writers Fred Wolf and Peter Gaulke
..."They started out as little parodies of wildlife shows," explains writer and producer Gaulke.
and I have been writing set piece comedy for years," says writer and director Wolf.
...-- Peter Gaulke
"This movie wouldn't have been the same without the cast we had," says Gaulke
At the center of the film is Steve Zahn ("Daddy Day Care," "National Security"), who plays the accidental host of his late father's wildlife show, a character named after co-creator Peter Gaulke
and Wolf's first choice, but the actor was in the midst of his own "strange wilderness" when the part was being cast.
"So it came right down to the wire," continues Gaulke
, "and he
called up and said he
was reading it and laughing really loud.
and I don't know much about filmmaking, but we've got a lot of enthusiasm and we want to be good.
After an extensive interview process, Peter
and Fred end up hiring Bill Whitaker (Kevin Heffernan), an alcoholic hoping to kick his drinking habit by spending time in the wilderness.
"I was totally confused because I had never met Peter
and Fred and the main characters had the same names as the guys who wrote and directed the film.
To round out the expedition team, Fred and Peter
also hire Cheryl (Ashley Scott), a sexy twenty-something who is charged with handling all the crew's travel arrangements.
...-- Peter Gaulke
...STEVE ZAHN (Peter Gaulke) is a versatile actor with extensive credits who has received critical praise for his work on both stage and screen.
...PETER GAULKE (Written by/Producer) worked as a stand-up comedian for over 15 years headlining comedy clubs throughout the United States, the UK and Canada. As a comedian and sketch artist, Gaulke has appeared on numerous television shows, including "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The Dennis Miller Show" and specials for Showtime and MTV. Gaulke briefly wrote for the TV show "Married with Children" and was a writer for "Saturday Night Live" in 1996-97.
In 1999, he
first feature screenplay, "Say It Isn't So," which was produced by the Farrelly brothers.Since then he
has written such movies as "Black Knight" and "Ice Age: The Meltdown."His
movie "Happy Campers" is currently in development at New Line.