I haven’t been a fan of Saturday Night Live inspired films for a very long time. There was a point in my life where I thought they were funny, and so did the rest of the general public, but somehow they lost their mojo. Have we returned to the point where SNL skits can once again be adapted into feature films? According to Yahoo News, MacGruber the MacGyver-esque character from the weekly sketch show has gotten a movie deal. Not only will he be heading to the big screen but he’s bringing Ryan Phillippe, Val Kilmer, and Jorma Taccone with him!
Jorma Taccone, one-third of the comedy troupe The Lonley Island (along with Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer) has signed on to direct the feature film version of MacGruber. Taccone created the character and writes and directs most of it’s skits for SNL along with star Will Forte. Forte and Kristen Wiig will both reprise their roles in the film as MacGruber and his assistant Vicky. The screenplay for the feature was written by Forte, Taccone, and John Solomon.
The legendary, much-decorated MacGruber is retired and living as a monk in Ecuador — until he’s enlisted to fight the evil Cunth, who has a nuclear warhead; the mission is personal because Cunth killed MacGruber’s bride.
That sounds like a tacky premise. I’m not talking regular tacky, I’m talking eighties action tacky, which I think is their goal. Sources are saying that Ryan Phillippe is negotiating to star as an army officer named Piper, who unwillingly works with MacGruber to bring down Cunth whom will be played by Val Kilmer.
I can’t believe that we may actually see Ryan Phillippe in a comedy. That guy has been doing nothing but serious stuff for a while now and if it weren’t for his good looks he would be such a downer. I’m just happy to see Val Kilmer aka “The Iceman” get some work. What happened to him? For goodness sake at one point he was Batman!
Do you think Phillippe and Kilmer should join MacGruber, or has the SNL movie craze run it’s course?