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?
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, Danny King, Amanda Waltz, and I discuss Don Hertzfeldt’s new short film World of Tomorrow, which will be released on March 31st on VOD (or stream below). Then we dive into a feature review of David Robert Mitchell‘s horror film It Follows, which […]
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