The Lonely Island Movie Set Up at Universal; Judd Apatow to Produce

     August 7, 2014


The time has come for The Lonely Island movie.  Universal has acquired an untitled comedy project from the Lonely Island trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, with Schaffer and Taccone onboard to co-direct.  THR reports that the three will also star in the movie, which takes place in the music world.  Additionally, Judd Apatow will produce the film alongside Samberg, Schaffer, and Taccone.  Further details are unknown at this time (like whether they’ll be playing wholly original characters or versions of their Lonely Island selves), but the prospect of seeing a music-centric film from the brains behind “Dick in a Box”, “Lazy Sunday”, and “Jizz in My Pants” is wonderfully exciting.  More after the jump.

the-lonely-island-movie-andy-samberg-jorma-taccone-akiva-schafferThis isn’t the first time that Schaffer or Taccone will have been behind the camera, as they each directed a bounty of SNL Digital Shorts, Schaffer helmed the films Hot Rod and The Watch, and Taccone directed the glorious MacGruber.  The three have been doing comedy together since junior high school, and when Samberg was added as a Saturday Night Live castmember, Schaffer and Taccone joined the writing staff of the legendary series.  Together, they are responsible for creating and spearheading the Digital Shorts segments that became breakout SNL hits throughout Samberg’s tenure.

Universal has a strong relationship with Apatow, having distributed all of his directorial features, including the upcoming Trainwreck.  Setting The Lonely Island’s first film up at the studio makes sense, and one imagines having Apatow as a producer on the pic will be an invaluable asset.

A timetable for this new untitled comedy isn’t given in THR’s report, but since Samberg is due back to begin the second season of his Fox comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine imminently, one imagines the earliest the pic could start production would be next spring when Samberg enters hiatus.  Alas, we continue to wait in vain for MacGruber 2.

Get reacquainted with The Lonely Island below.


  • Leo Spaceman

    Well I suppose the only appropriate response to this news would be to say that I Jizzed in My Pants.

  • Satoru

    Hip-hop version of Wayne’s World?

  • grapes9h5

    Love these guys, I hope this becomes an appropriately epic movie

  • Vulcan

    Hot Rod is the Lonely Island movie. The deal with Lorene Michaels was that they would join SNL if he financed their movie. Really, it was a win-win for them.
    But I am excited for another Lonely Island movie.

    • Al

      Yeah, hot rod is head to toe Lonely Island.

      • stephens

        Cool beans

    • Al

      Yeah, hot rod is head to toe Lonely Island.

  • DNAsplitter

    Awesome news. Been a fan of these guys since I was in college in ’05. McGruber is one of the most underrated comedy films out there. I really hope that they will make a sequel – I mean it’s a really cheap film to make that they could relase on VOD and make their money back. Universal does it w their Death Race films and other higher budgeted directo to DVD films. Why not McGruber?