2010’s film adaptation of the recurring SNL comedy sketch “MacGruber,” a parody of “MacGyver,” bombed hard on opening. Costing a cheap $10 million to make, the film still didn’t even make that much at the global box-office and reviews were mixed at best.
Nevertheless it has built a cult following in the intervening years and while talk of a sequel has floated around without much real weight to it, a potential TV series version is now being discussed with original cast members returning for their roles.
Speaking with The Daily Beast, the original film’s director Jorma Taccone (“Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping”) says he and Will Forte did begin writing a film sequel script in 2016, but they’re now instead going the TV series route:
“We just spent the last two days pitching it as a series. Eight-to-ten episodes. I’m really hoping that when you print this there’s an announcement that it’s actually happening, because I know nothing right now. This is the first time I’ve mentioned it, so this may be a tragic interview.”
Taccone also says he hopes all the cast are coming back including Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Maya Rudolph and Val Kilmer:
“It’s everyone. Val was blown up pretty badly, he’ll have half a head. Everyone is so down. What’s nice is that, when you make something that had the heartbreak of not doing so well financially… I would feel terrible if the people involved were embarrassed about it, but Ryan loves that shit, Kristen loves that shit, all the people involved are so psyched.”
Where such a series might end up isn’t clear, but a streaming service seems a likely place. Taccone says he, fellow Lonely Island members Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer, and comedian Seth Rogen are also still working on a spoof film about the ill-fated Fyre festival – a film they first announced in 2017.