To say that films based on Saturday Night Live sketches have a spotty history would be a bit of an understatement. After all, for every Blues Brothers and Wayne's World, there's an It's Pat or Superstar or Stuart Saves His Family (you get the idea).
In the case of 2010 comedy MacGruber (based on the SNL MacGyver parody of the same name), the film earned a paltry $9 million worldwide and received mixed reviews. Yet, in the years since its release, the film has amassed a cult following that has kept rumors swirling around a sequel. Now it looks like MacGruber 2 is closer than ever to actually happening.
The Wrap recently caught up with star/co-writer Will Forte about the status of the project. Here's what he had to say:
"It seems like we have a realistic shot at getting ['MacGruber 2'] made. We have a loose outline of the first couple of acts, which we’re really excited about. So we’ve just got to flesh it out a little more."
While we have heard similar updates from Forte in the past, the actor now indicates that a return to the world of MacGruber is fast becoming a top priority for him. Forte added that the cast of the first film - which also starred Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe - is expected to return for the sequel. Exactly when the project happens, however, largely depends on how well Forte's new Fox sitcom The Last Man on Earth performs.
"If ['The Last Man on Earth'] were to ever be successful enough to get a second season, we’d probably have to wait until after that season to make it. If the show isn’t successful enough to do that, we’d probably jump in right away."
It's been quite the rollercoaster ride for MacGruber fans thus far, as the sequel has remained a consistent will-they-or-won't-they subject for years. The fact that Forte seems just as determined to make the film - and with the same team that made the first one - is certainly reassuring for moviegoers anxious for another wacky adventure with the character.
Increasingly, it seems to be more a matter of time than anything, and the actor's comments will likely make his fanbase a bit conflicted about The Last Man on Earth, since its success or failure directly impacts the release of MacGruber 2.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on MacGruber 2.
Source: The Wrap