Trying to fill two hours of movie with a premise that could barely fill 90 seconds of sketch seems like a really bad idea, but that apparently didn’t stop the project from getting fast tracked. Oh well, I guess it can’t be worse than View-Master. Now Jorma Taccone, the Lonely Islander who co-wrote the sketches, has been hired to direct, and we’ve got a couple tentative cast members and a synopsis.
Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer are in negotiations to star. Will Forte and Kristen Wiig are reprising their roles from the skits.
Forte and Taccone wrote the parodies with John Solomon. The trio wrote the feature script, in which 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, who has a nuclear warhead; the mission is personal because Cunth killed MacGruber’s bride. Phillippe would play Piper, an Army officer forced to pair up with a reluctant MacGruber. Kilmer would be Cunth.
“MacGruber” movie is fast-tracked and at this stage looks like it could make it to the screen before a “MacGyver” movie, which is in development at New Line. [THR]
Well I wasn’t so hot on this before but now that I know there’s a bad guy whose name is almost “cunt” I’m sold. On being asked if he’d play the part of Cunth, Kilmer said, “Lunch?”
AGENT: “No, Cunth.”
*agent slides sandwich across table*
KILMER: “That’s what I thought.”