Friday, July 10, 2009

Jorma Directs - 'SNL' spies opportunity

Forte's MacGruber headed for the bigscreen

Will Forte's bumbling spy MacGruber is headed for the bigscreen as the latest in a long line of "Saturday Night Live" characters to make that transition.
"SNL's" Kristen Wiig will reprise her Vicki character for the feature. Val Kilmer and Ryan Phillippe are in talks to join the cast.

Forte -- who will return to "SNL" in the fall -- debuted the parody of the 1980s action-adventure series "MacGyver" in 2007. He'll co-write with "SNL's" Jorma Taccone and John Solomon; the logline's being kept under wraps. Taccone will direct.

Relativity Media topper Ryan Kavanaugh, Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn are producing the project, which will begin shooting next month. Relativity's Tucker Tooley will exec produce along with Erin David and "SNL" head writer Seth Meyers.

"MacGruber" will be distributed under Relativity's Rogue banner, which utilizes Universal distribution.

Forte stars in Endgame's upcoming "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy."

"SNL" honcho Michaels has produced more than half a dozen features that transitioned show characters to the bigscreen including "Wayne's World," "The Ladies Man," "Coneheads," "Superstar," "Stuart Saves His Family" and "A Night at the Roxbury."

Forte and Taccone are represented by UTA and Mosaic. Wiig’s repped by UTA and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment.


Thanks to Elizabeth and for finding this article.

So what do you think? We've talked about Jorma directing MacGruber before, but we never really discussed it well. Will Jorma do a good job as a feature director? In the past, Akiva has been the main director of TLI stuff, but it makes sense that Jorma is directing this since he wrote and directed most of the MacGruber shorts and came up with the original idea.

Is this a wise move? The only film based on an SNL skit to truly succeed was Wayne's World, and it was driven with the amazing energy of Mike Meyers. That's just not happening here. Plus Wayne's World didn't survive the sequel. (That said, A Night At The Roxbury is one of my favorites.)

Also, can Will Forte carry a movie? He already tried teaming up with Will in Brothers Solomon. He has also appeared in Baby Mama, Beerfest, and a few others. Kristen is supporting him, but is her character capable of keeping the movie fresh? Her character in the skits was originally played by Maya Rudolph, and she's the "straight man."

And the question that I want to know is... Will Shia LeBeauf play his son and Andy Samerg play his son's gay boyfriend? Probably not, but it would be great to see Andy and Akiva make cameos. I also wonder if Jorma and Andy will make cameos in Akiva's film he's doing with Jonah Hill, Adventurer's Handbook:

Poor Andy Samberg! His friends are off directing movies this summer and he's left... growing a beard?



Daniela.xo said...

What movie is Akiva directing with Jonah Hill ?

Ed Price said...


Adventurer's Handbook. I added a link to that article in this blog post. Thanks!


Kelsey said...

I think Jorma will do a great job directing this film. The question shouldn't be can Will carry the movie, it should be what in the world are they gonna do with a whole movie considering the shorts are like thirty seconds? Who knows...

It would be great and just totally hilarious if Shia and Andy were in it being his son and his son's boyfriend. Anything could happen I suppose, but I'm not counting on that happening. Not trying to be negative...again, who knows? LOL I'm just glad Jorma gets to direct, I think it'll be a good opportunity for him.

Gee do you think my comment is long enough? =)

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