Hey, remember a few months ago when it was announced that a MacGyver movie was in the works, and everyone was making MacGruber jokes and saying how much they’d rather see a movie based on the Saturday Night Live parody instead? Well, sometimes you have to be careful what you ask for, because Lorne Michaels might be listening. At the gala for this year’s Peabody Awards, the SNL head honcho reportedly told The Hollywood Reporter that a MacGruber movie was being considered for production during the SNL off-season. When pressed further for details, all he could say is, “We’re still in discussions.”
Let’s take a step back for a minute here. There have been a number of Saturday Night Live characters that starred in their own movies over the years. Most were terrible, but a few were decent (Wayne’s World, for example). If I’m not mistaken, the last SNL movie was The Ladies Man starring Tim Meadows back in 2000. The fact that this was almost 10 years ago should be a sign not only that these movies tend to suck, but also that the current SNL cast and writing staff haven’t created any memorable characters worthy of the big screen. Is a parody of an ’80s TV show really the best they can manage? It goes without saying that something that is funny in 3-minute installments probably cannot survive the transition to a 90 minute feature, but when it comes to MacGruber, the sketch is barely funny on its own… there is NO WAY this will work as a movie. Will Forte is a funny guy, but you can’t build an entire movie around a theme song and a mullet. With any luck, this idea will be quietly swept under the rug, and we’ll never actually have to confront the reality of a MacGruber motion picture.