Saturday Night Live ended its 40th season in May with a show hosted by comedian Louis C.K. – who of course gave an unfiltered and, to some, controversial, opening monologue – and Rihanna as the musical guest. The next season won’t begin until this August, and it hasn’t been confirmed who will or won’t be returning, but many of the sketch show’s comedians and writers from NBC’s longstanding late night series are taking some time to focus on other projects. While several members of the cast have landed roles in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, it appears a number of them will also head to Netflix for a new movie project.
Titled Staten Island Summer, the movie is a “coming-of-age film” about two friends who recently graduated high school and start working as lifeguards while they attempt to discover what they’d like to do with their lives. It’s written by Weekend Update writer and anchor, Colin Jost, and the story’s reportedly based on his time as a lifeguard in New York.
According to The Wrap, the movie’s expected to debut on Netflix in July. It’ll star Graham Phillips (The Good Wife) and Zack Pearlman (Mulaney) as the two best friends who become lifeguards. The comedy will also include Ashley Greene (Twilight) and John DeLuca (Twisted), and they’ll be joined by four current and former SNL cast members: Cecily Strong, Bobby Moynihan, Will Forte, and Fred Armisen. Additionally, Jost is said to have a “small part” and Jim Gaffigan, Method Man, Kate Wlash, Gina Gershon, and Jackson Nicoll will also appear.
Seeing as Staten Island Summer is full of talent from SNL, it should come as no surprise that Lorne Michaels – the creator of NBC’s comedy series – is producing the film with John Goldwyn. Rhys Thomas – who has several years of experience directing and producing SNL – will helm the movie.
There aren’t any additional details yet, so your level of enthusiasm for this movie will obviously depend on just how much you enjoy SNL and, more specifically, Jost’s style of humor in the Weekend Update segment. The premise may not be the most original one around, but it sure is a relatable one and a strong cast and sharp humor have the potential to make it memorable. Now we just have to wait and see whether or not it’ll be a solid addition to Netflix’s selection of comedies.
This film is just the latest addition to Netflix’s evergrowing selection of exclusive comedy. While more dramatic exclusives like House of Cards and Daredevil have been hits for the streaming service, the company has also seen success with Orange is the New Black (which is often considered a drama but it’s full of humor), Arrested Development, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. There’s also plans for a prequel series to Wet Hot American Summer, a new Pee-wee movie (produced by Judd Apatow), the western comedy Ridiculous Six – the first part of Adam Sandler’s four-movie contract with Netflix – and Ricky Gervais’ Special Correspondents.
Staten Island Summer will reportedly debut on July 30th.
Saturday Night Live will return this September.
Source: The Wrap