If there is one thing history has shown us, it’s that movies based on gimmicky Saturday Night Live sketches always rock! Wait…nevermind.
In a move that seems to show a serious lack of judgement, Paramount and Relativity Media have fast-tracked a movie based on MacGruber, an SNL skit parodying MacGyver. In the skit, Will Forte played MacGyver’s son who always finds himself in some dangerous, MacGyver-like situation. Being very involved in personal matters, though, MacGruber always neglects to solve any problems, usually letting a huge bomb go off at the end of the skit.
Get it? IT’S FUNNY!
The new movie will star Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer and will see MacGruber (Forte will reprise the role he birthed), in retirement as a monk, being pulled back to the states for “one last job.” It’s basically the premise of Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.
This movie does have a small shot at being funny, but the original SNL source material isn’t. It’s one-note, obvious, and dumb. To make matters more complicated, New Line is currently developing an actual, honest-to-God MacGyver movie.
Will it be a race to cinemas to see which “Mac” can win the hearts and minds of the audience? Only time will tell.