Free Streaming Service Crackle Signs More Original Content

Crackle often gets overlooked in the streaming world, but the relative newcomer is beginning to gain some traction. Crackle is owned by Sony Pictures Television Networks and is completely free to watch – with ads, that is. Still, for only having to sit through a few ads, the service boasts an impressive list of movies from a wide range of genres including some forgotten sleepers (Blankman, Last Action Hero, Bottle Rocket). Crackle really shines in its selection of television series for subscription-free streaming, which include Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, ’90s comedy series like News Radio, The Tick, and Who’s The Boss?, and a host of retro animated series sure to scratch anyone’s Saturday morning nostalgia itch.

Now, Crackle has announced a new addition to its latest push for original content. According to Deadline, Crackle has already begun filming its newest original film, Party Boat. The film stars Jay Mohr (Jerry Maguire), Brett Davern (Awkward, Chosen) and Katie Leclerc (Switched at Birth, Confess).

The plot of Party Boat centers around Max (Davern), who is planning to throw a wild party for his best friend Kiley’s (Leclerc) 25th birthday. When Max discovers that Kiley’s boyfriend plans to propose to her at the party, he begins plotting a way to show up her boyfriend and win the heart of best friend once and for all. I’m guessing there’s likely a boat involved, too. The screenplay was penned by Matt Giegerich and Chelsea Rae Giegerich, the husband and wife writing team behind the 2015 film Glitch. Party Boat is directed by Dylan Kidd, perhaps best known for the 2002 Jesse Eisenberg flick Rodger Dodger.

Party Boat will make three original movies for Crackle: 2015’s Dead Rising: Watchtower, a zombie film inspired by the popular over-the-top zombie-killing video game franchise; and Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser, a needless sequel which bears the distinction of being the first straight-to-digital sequel. While Crackle’s catalog of 90s films and series is enough to warrant some late-night binging, it’s yet to be seen if their original films will be able to lure viewers loyal to other streaming services.