A MacGruber TV series is being planned, with the original cast and creative team on board. What started as a beloved series of Saturday Night Live sketches eventually blossomed into a big screen adaptation, which was initially released in 2010. Unfortunately, the movie was a commercial failure and that made a sequel impossible to get off the ground. However, director Jorma Taccone has revealed that they are currently pitching a TV show, giving a follow-up new life.
In a new interview, Jorma Taccone revealed that they have been "aggressively" pitching a MacGruber TV series. Specifically, they've been shopping it around to various streaming services. While no specific destinations were mentioned, one would assume this includes the big players such as Netflix and Amazon, amongst others. Here's what Taccone had to say about it.
"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."
MacGruber, as a movie, seemingly had everything going for it. Not just the fact that the sketches, which were a spoof of the show MacGyver, were hilarious, but because of the all star cast. Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer, Ryan Phillippe, and Maya Rudolph all starred in the movie, which has gained a large cult following in the years since its release. That's key, as it failed to even recoup its $10 million budget at the box office, which is why it's been so hard to get any sort of continuation going. Jorma Taccone, a member of The Lonely Island and a former writer on SNL, says that everyone is on board for the show and that they are brimming with ideas.
It's everyone. Val [Kilmer] 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 [Phillippe] loves that shit, Kristen Wiig loves that shit, all the people involved are so psyched... We've had so many ideas over the years, from the moment we stopped filming. I just love this character so much. We can expand the world now."
In an era where services are fighting for high-quality content, a MacGruber TV series could absolutely work. If this were to just arrive on Netflix and people didn't actually have to go to the movie theater and shell out their hard-earned money for a ticket, odds are, it would do quite well. Especially considering the cult following the movie has developed. The movie sequel may be dead, but MacGruber may very well live on. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on the project are made available. This news was previously reported by The Daily Beast.