Jorma Taccone Directing the MacGruber Movie with Ryan Phillippe
by Alex Billington
July 7, 2009
Screw the actual MacGuyver movie, this is all we need! Jorma Taccone, who most recently played Chaka in the putrid Land of the Lost movie, is set to make his directorial debut with the MacGruber movie based on the popular SNL skit starring Will Forte. In addition to Forte, who will reprise his role as the titular character, Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer are also in negotiations to join the cast. Kristen Wiig will reprise her role as his assistant. Taccone hasn't directed any features, but he did create the character and direct most of the MacGruber skits for SNL. Forte, Taccone, and John Solomon are writing the feature script.
The MacGruber sketches saw Forte as MacGyver's son, who always found himself, along with that week's guest star, in a room with a ticking bomb. MacGruber gets sidelined by personal issues, and the bomb goes off. The story for the film will be a bit different than what we've seen on SNL previously. The legendary, much decorated MacGruber is pulled out of retirement as a monk in Ecuador by a colonel, who needs him once more to fight on behalf of his country. This time the mission involves going up against the evil Cunth (Val Kilmer), who has a nuclear warhead; the mission is personal because Cunth killed MacGruber's bride.
I don't watch SNL anymore, so I'm not too familiar with MacGruber, but it sounds like it could be fun. The last SNL-ish movies we were Hot Rod and Baby Mama, but neither of those did well or were that great. I expect this MacGruber movie to get a lot of buzz, but as for if it'll actually be any good, it's too early to tell.