It’s been a long time coming, but MacGruber is finally ready to make his triumphant return to the small screen. Originating as a MacGyver parody sketch on SNL starring Will Forte, the character received his own movie in 2010 and earned just $9 million at the box office. Based on that, it seemed like a sequel was never going to happen but the movie developed a cult following over the years and rumours about a follow-up persisted. Last year the decision was made to start pitching it as a TV series instead and now NBC’s Peacock streaming service has reportedly become the obvious home for the show. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Deadline, NBCUniversal has given an eight-episode straight-to-series order to a MacGruber TV series as part of their inaugural development slate. Will Forte will star, co-write and executive produce while John Solomon and Jorma Taccone will return to write and executive produce (Taccone will also direct). A little more surprising is the fact that both Ryan Phillippe and Kristen Wiig are in talks to star as well. The plot synopsis is as follows:
“After rotting in prison for over a decade, America’s ultimate hero and uber patriot MacGruber (Forte) is finally released. His mission: to take down a mysterious villain from his past—Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth. With the entire world in the crosshairs, MacGruber must race against time to defeat the forces of evil — only to find that evil… may be lurking within.”
Overall this seems like an ideal format for the character and it seems like one of the more promising Peacock originals announced thus far. Are you looking forward to a MacGruber series?