From a recent Burnt Orange Productions press release:
Austin, TX – Production recently began on Homo Erectus: A Caveman Comedy, a broad comedy set in prehistoric times written, directed by and starring Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City, Mouse Hunt). The eclectic cast includes Ali Larter, David Carradine, Talia Shire, “Second City” alum Hayes MacArthur and other cameo surprises.
In the spirit of early Woody Allen classics like Bananas and Sleeper, Homo Erectus follows the exploits of the hapless Ishbo (Rifkin), a philosophical caveman who yearns for more out of life than sticks, stones, and raw meat. The rest of the tribe write off his forward thinking ideas as the ravings of an idiot, including the cave girl he loves from afar, the beautiful Fardart (Larter), who only has eyes for Ishbo’s studly, but dimwitted brother Thudnik (MacArthur). Ishbo’s parents (Carradine and Shire) are at their wits end with their ne’er-do-well son.
The picture is being produced by Carolyn Pfeiffer (Choose Me, The Quiet) and Brad Wyman (Monster) through Burnt Orange Productions, an Austin, TX based production company. Tom Schatz, executive director of the University of Texas Film Institute, is executive producer.
“We’ve put together an excellent cast,” says Carolyn Pfeiffer, president and CEO of Burnt Orange Productions, “The range of talent is remarkable.”
“Its great to have such a professional team on both sides of the camera,” says executive producer Tom Schatz. “It really adds to the educational value of the experiences that we are providing to student interns and apprentices.”