As would befit a film centered around The Lonely Island, the parody pop band headed by Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer, there have been more than a few rumors about what Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie will actually be called or involve, beyond the fact that it will star Samberg as a rapper who is forced to reform his boy band after his album bombs. This is, after all, the men behind “I’m on a Boat” and “I Just Had Sex” we’re talking about, and if the lead-up to the film wasn’t at least partially as ridiculous as the film itself, the creators would have already lost the high ground. Thankfully, the trio have been doing a good job keeping just the right amount of secretive about the project, which was once known as Conner4Real, but now, we have our first big piece of news about the film in awhile, namely…a name.
The film will officially be called Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, which suggests that the tone of the film will be farcical or satirical, centered on the oft-absurd exploits of pop musicians and icons. Think something like Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, except (hopefully) more funny and less cameo-heavy. Beyond the triptych that make up Lonely Island, the film co-stars the likes of Sarah Silverman, Mike Birbiglia, Tim Meadows, and Imogen Poots, who can be seen this coming weekend in Terrence Malick‘s miraculous Knight of Cups, which is a positively moderate amount of comedic star power. That being said, you don’t know who they might be hiding from the cast list before release.
Regardless of who might be showing up for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, the creative forces behind the film are largely hugely promising. After a series of false starts, Samberg has really found his place in Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, one of the most underrated and consistently uproarious comedy series currently on television. Taccone is responsible for MacGruber, the best SNL film this side of Wayne’s World, and did some impressive work on HBO’s Girls. Schaffer has cut his teeth as a director for SNL, which is possibly the reason that his two features, The Watch and Hot Rod, feel more like an assembling of sketches under the rubric of a particular premise than fully-formed comedies. Schaffer and Taccone will co-direct the film, while Samberg is starring and co-wrote the script with his Lonely Island partners. Here’s hoping that the whole film doesn’t just feel like a 90-minute take-off of the Lonely Island videos but even if it is, there are worse ways to spend a Summer afternoon.
On top of the new title, the comedy has a brand new poster, showcasing Samberg. You can check out the one-sheet right below: