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.
This 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.
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