'MacGruber' Director Jorma Taccone Will Adapt 'The Great Unknown'
Let it be known that despite a lackluster box office gross of just over $9 million worldwide, the "Saturday Night Live" film MacGruber starring and written by Will Forte along with The Lonely Island member Jorma Taccone, who also made his feature directorial debut with the film, is one of the best films to come out of the late night sketch comedy series. It's likely one of the most underrated comedies in the last ten years, so I'm pleased to say that Taccone hasn't been blacklisted because of his failure and has landed his next directing gig in the form of an adaptation of the comic The Great Unknown from Image Comics.
However, unlike most comic book adaptations nowadays, the story from Duncan Rouleau doesn't follow superheroes. Here's the story:
Everything Zach Feld imagines - impossibly - shows up somewhere else. It's as if someone is reading his mind and selling his incredible thoughts to the highest bidder. His friends and family think Zach is a freeloader with delusions of grandeur - making up one weird paranoiac story after another to defend his directionless life. They might be right. But when Zach begins to dig deeper into the mystery, he discovers that they might be very, very wrong. Has someone been sneaking around inside Zach's mind?
Sounds like a pretty interesting story, and hopefully it will be ripe for comedy with Taccone in the director's chair. Deadline says New Line Cinema bought the action comedy pitch with Michael Starburry set to adapt the comic. Here's hoping that much like Hot Rod or the forthcoming Neighborhood Watch that Taccone will assemble the same kind of comedic talent this his Lonely Island counterpart and director Akiva Shaffer assembled. This could certainly be a great part for Andy Samberg, and I know that he'll need something good to help wash away the memories of That's My Boy if the trailer is any indicator of the film's quality.