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'Hollywood Version' Parody
Spoof remake of a smaller piece as it would be done by the major players.
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"Michael Bay's Yu-Gi-Oh! is filmed before a brain-dead studio audience."
Yami introducing Michael Bay's Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series

If you work on your own, the evidence has shown that you can tell a story differently than if you were working for a major player in the industry with a reputation to uphold. If your story gets picked up by a major player, they may demand significant changes be made, such as removing the more explicit content or adding more of it, perhaps even making the general tone more or less moody.

A 'Hollywood Version' Parody is when the creators or fans of a production made outside of The Big However-many make a joke version of how that production would be remade or adapted by big businesses trying to appeal to the Lowest Common Denominator. Often done as an April Fools' Day joke if it's by the original creators, this can be anything from a trailer to a full-length instalment. Expect jarring tonal reversal, Character Exaggeration, etc. But also expect everything to be bigger and look like a lot of money was thrown at it.

Sometimes happens In-Universe as a Show Within a Show if the protagonist becomes popular enough.

Compare Hollywood History when the aspects of this are applied to actual events.


Anime and Manga

  • One chapter of Franken Fran involved one of her previous cases being made into a movie.


  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure has Warner Brothers buy the rights to Pee-Wee's story and they make a movie which is a James Bond -style action film starring James Brolin as Pee-Wee and Morgan Fairchild as Dottie, fighting ninjas.
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember had a trailer for Austinpussy, It was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Tom Cruise as Austin Powers, Gwyneth Paltrow as the Bond Girl, Kevin Spacey as Dr. Evil, Danny DeVito as Mini-me...
  • At the end of Chicken Little, the movie based on the events of the story becomes a Space Opera with the little kid characters as badass space pilots.


  • There is a Russian parody collection called "Parnassus on End" about how famous poets would write some short kids' verses.

Live-Action TV

  • There used to be a parody website of Farscape which detailed an alternate, cliche-filled, more episodic and lower quality version of that show as created not by Rockne S. O'Bannon, but by Brannon Braga and Rick Berman (of later Star Trek series fame) under Paramount Pictures.
  • The Comic Strip Presents episodes "The Strike!", "GLC: The Carnage Continues" and "The Hunt For Tony Blair" are Hollywood Version Parodies of Real Life.
  • The X-Files episode "Hollywood, AD," has excerpts from a premier screening of "The Lazurus Bowl," a film loosely based on the experiences of a Hollywood producer while he followed along on a case with Mulder and Scully. The simplified and Hollywood tweaked story had lazer-guided sniper-rifle carrying zombies and humorous and innuendo-laden dialogue. The character loosely based on Mulder was played by Garry Shandling, while Tea Leone played the character loosely based on Scully. Skinner - who was the friend of the Hollywood producer - got to have the character based on him played by Richard Gere, though we never get to see his character during the Hollywood premier screening. Mulder, of course, hated the movie, thinking it trivialized the case and what they do.
  • An episode of Bones in which Brennen had recently sold the movie rights to one of her novels ends with a "trailer" for the film. It features an overly-sexy pair of actors running ever-so-dramatically past a group of picnickers (the cast regulars in a promised cameo), while action-movie music plays and a narrator claims they're going to Save The World.
  • In the Doctor Who Expanded Universe, the Dalek movies with Peter Cushing are suggested to exist In-Universe as a result of Ian and Barbara selling their stories to the producers. A poster was supposed to be shown in "The Day of the Doctor", but they couldn't get the rights.


  • Tom Lehrer did "Clementine" as an illustration of the idea that folk songs would be a lot better if they were written by professional songwriters, proceeding to perform the song of the same title In the Style of... Cole Porter, Italian opera, beatniks, and Gilbert and Sullivan.


  • In a PBS documentary about the making of The Producers (1998 Broadway) original cast soundtrack, during a break in recording Mel Brooks, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick start talking about the presumptive movie of the musical of the movie (which hadn't yet been made or a deal inked or anything like that). Broderick jokes that the movie will star Danny DeVito as Bialystock with...and Brooks cuts him off saying "you're in the movie, you'll both be in the movie."

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation

  • One episode of Kim Possible saw a movie of Kim and Ron's exploits made. The actors chosen to play the duo had no apparent chemistry.
  • A running gag on The Critic is the various films Jay reviews, which are usually remakes or sequels which are even more Hollywood than the Hollywood versions; such as Sylvester Stallone in Yo! Godot, I'm Waitin' Heeya! and Keanu Reaves in The Merchant of Venice.
    Hath not a dude eyes? If you prick us, do we not get bummed? If we eat bad guacamole, do we not blow chunks?
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