Lonely Island film deal is good reason to revisit classic 'SNL' shorts
Celebrated for Digital Shorts on “Saturday Night Live,” Golden Globe winner Andy Samberg and fellow members of the musical comedy trio The Lonely Island reportedly will take a more long-form approach — with a feature film on the silver screen.
Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone have inked a movie deal with Universal, according to Deadline. The three will star in and produce the untitled project, with comedy guru and recent TODAY guest host Judd Apatow also serving as a producer.
It makes one wonder: Will the screenplay contain completely new material, or will there be callbacks to characters and scenarios from their hit music videos?
Yes, Justin Timberlake is back to bringing it in the music studio, but you might not have to twist his arm to reprise his early-’90s R&B character from "D--- in a Box."
JT’s not the only Grammy-winning pop star who could make a cameo. Maybe Rihanna will show up and rob a bank with her selectively bashful Clyde equivalent, Shy Ronnie. (Or perhaps "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm could return as a particularly obedient hostage, too.)
And what blockbuster movie would be complete without an appearance by Captain Jack Sparrow, as portrayed by Michael Bolton? Sorry, Johnny Depp. (Although we're pretty sure The Lonely Island guys would find something for him to do, too.)
And if our heroes need to escape assorted bad guys, let’s all hope that they choose an escape plan that involves a boat and T-Pain, because “Anything is possibllllllle!” To put it another way, “This boat is real.”
If you love The Lonely Island and need something a little more, uh, family friendly, consider the group’s sweet collaboration with Tegan and Sara for “The LEGO Movie’s” “Everything is AWESOME!!!”
After all that, if you still can’t get enough of Andy, Akiva and Jorma, check out The Lonely Island’s YouTube page.
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