Having a) directed MacGruber and b) given me second thoughts about sexual preferences with a guest spot on Girls, I’m growing to like Jorma Taccone. (This is said, by the way, as someone who can’t stand The Lonely Island.) Of course, his work on the wonderful action parody left me wanting to see what would come next; there was an indication that it might be The Great Unknown or, more promisingly, MacGruber 2, but one has been silent and the other is running on mere ambition.
So, take it as a step in the right direction when THR say he’ll get around to helming Spy Guys, a comedy of self-explanatory influence that New Line have bought as a pitch from Adam Sztykiel (Due Date). Taccone‘s Lonely Island partners Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer will produce the film — a supposed cross between Ocean’s Eleven, True Lies, and Mission: Impossible — wherein a CIA agent becomes framed whilst traveling in Europe; from here, the protagonist must ask for help from pals who don’t know the true nature of his life. A sign of true friends, but one that also gets them put on a couple of wanted posters, leading to a quest in cleaning up bad reputations.
While I don’t expect as great a use of “Take Me Home Tonight” or as many surnames that barely count as a double entendre, Taccone sticking to what (I think) sounds like similar ground ought to work out fine. Just collect a good cast — which is not something I’ll doubt his ability to do — and Spy Guys can grab our attention a bit more strongly.
Based on this information, is it safe to say Spy Guys might be worthy of the MacGruber name?
Hitting theaters in wide release this weekend is John Wick, a film I fell for at Fantastic Fest and I’ve since revisited. The actioner, from first-time filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, follows Keanu Reeves’ title character who left behind a life as a hitman for Russian mobsters to settle down for a quiet life with […]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, editor Nick Newman, writer Danny King, and I discuss Alex Ross Perry‘s Listen Up Philip, which is now in limited release and available on VOD. After that, we take a look at the films coming to theaters and home video in […]
As my review can attest to, I’m looking forward to not only watch John Wick again but also see how the film hits with general audiences when it arrives this weekend. The actioner stars Keanu Reeves as an ex-hitman who is crossed by the son of his old employer. When everything is taken from him, he decides to […]
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