Leon Schuster at work on Mad Buddies

2011-10-19 15:04
Johannesburg - Leon Schuster is back and hard at work on his latest box office hit, a comedy caper entitled Mad Buddies. Two new images from the movie have also been released.

The movie is Schuster's first outing since 2010's World Cup-inspired hit Schuks Tshabalala's Guide to South Africa, which broke local box office records and far out-performed Schuster's previous biggest hit Mr Bones 2.

Schuster, a South African comic legend, is responsible for some of South Africa's most notable local box-office successes, including Mama Jack, two Mr Bones movies and Millenium Menace.

Jam-packed with stunts

"We are thrilled to be able to bring another fun-filled Schuster adventure to South African audiences," says Helena Spring, producer of Mad Buddies, who worked with Schuster on Mr Bones, Mr Bones 2 and Mama Jack.

"Mad Buddies is a fast-paced comedic romp, jam-packed with stunts and laughs that will have audiences rolling in the aisles," she promised fans.

Mad Buddies Leon Shuster Kenneth Nkosi

Not much is yet known about the movie's plot details, although promotional material reveal that Schuster and Kenneth Nkosi will be playing pals who "embark on the adventure of a lifetime – whether they like it or not..."

The film, due for release in 2012, is the product of an 18-month development period between Schuster and his longstanding collaborator, director and co-writer Gray Hofmeyr, who will be reprising his directing duties on the film. In addition to Johannesburg, the shooting schedule includes a large portion of filming in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Joining Schuster will be his long-standing co-star Alfred Ntombela (Oh Shucks I’m Gatvol, Mama Jack) as well as Nkosi (Jerusalema, Tsotsi, White Wedding) and South African model-actress Tanit Phoenix (Spud, Straight Outta Benoni).

Mad Buddies is set for release in South Africa on June 22 2012.

Distribution rights for the film have been acquired by Disney South Africa - although the film will not be distributed under the Disney banner.


  • Russell - 2011-10-21 15:08

    "his latest box office hit"? Isn't it only called a hit after its success has been determined by ticket sales?

  • gerhardt.nieuwoudt - 2011-10-22 08:55

    Do we really need another Schuster movie? Come on!!

      Morne - 2011-10-22 09:03

      Some of us actually enjoy his movies... If you don't like it, don't watch it... That is all...

  • james.grant.za - 2011-10-22 18:17

    Isn't calling it a hit before it is released a wee bit premature? Just a little? Maybe?

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