Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island are teaming up for a movie about a music festival that goes horribly wrong. Rogen has had some big hits recently - pushing the envelope with hits like Sausage Party and college frat duology Neighbors and Neighbors 2 - and the style of humor he helped to popularize – stoner comedy mixed with absurdist situations and characters – has started to pop up everywhere.
At the same time, comedy trio The Lonely Island - consisting of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone have also been doing their part to change the face of comedy. Having initially found success on SNL, the trio are responsible for 2007’s Hot Rod as well as last year’s Popstar. Rogen and the team have worked together before on hilarious song "Like A Boss", and now they're reuniting for a full movie.
With the recent disaster of rapper Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival making headlines, both Rogen and The Lonely Island took to Twitter to reveal that they are in fact, making a movie “about a music festival that goes horribly wrong.” The announcement couldn’t have more perfect timing – so much so that The Lonely Island tweeted further confirmation.
This seems like a good time to mention the movie we are making with @thelonelyisland about a music festival that goes HORRIBLY WRONG.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 28, 2017
— The Lonely Island (@thelonelyisland) April 28, 2017
Planned to run over two consecutive weekends in the Bahamas on a private Caribbean island once owned by notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, the Fyre Festival was intended as a lavish music festival for the wealthy, with ticket packages reaching prices over $10,000. The festival made headlines recently as bands pulled out and everything from accommodation, food and infrastructure was deemed a disaster. The entire event unfolded like something out of a film – and now that Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island are getting set to bring audiences a similar story, it’s easy to see how well suited it all is for comedy.
At present all we have to go on are the aforementioned tweets, with not even so much as a title, but more information is sure to follow in the coming months. With The Lonely Island’s experience in mixing comedy and music as well as Rogen’s ability to make a disaster film hilarious a film about a music festival gone wrong is the ideally fit for the collaboration. Both Rogen and The Lonely Island are fond of large casts in which their ample supply of comedic friends turn up, so a movie set at a music festival will provide plenty of opportunity for a wide variety of talent.
Both parties are of course very busy with other projects - Samberg leads Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Rogen is adding to the usual acting by producing a litany of TV shows and movies as well as voiceover work in films like The Lion King - so it could be a while before we see any further evidence of this festival-from-hell film.