It would be an understatement to say that the original MacGruber was a box office failure. The film, which was based on a Saturday Night Live sketch lampooning 80s mainstay MacGyver, was filmed for only $10 million, yet it couldn’t even manage to reclaim its paltry budget. By comparison, The Avengers made twenty times that amount in its first two days of release.
Then again, films based on SNL skits have always been hit or miss. For every Wayne’s World, you have a half-dozen It’s Pats, and yet Lorne Michaels will seemingly never stop promoting the idea that his troupe of late-night sketch comedy folk are just one viral catchphrase away from being the next Eddie Murphy.
Unlike the majority of SNL films however, MacGruber is legitimately funny, and has found a strong following on Blu-ray, DVD and cable since its 2010 release. It’s still not even remotely successful, but there is a sizable niche audience that adores the film, and presumably these are the same people that might, in theory, make a follow-up movie more lucrative than its predecessor.
Thus, against all financial sense, MacGruber is getting a sequel. Will Forte and director Jorma Taccone are said to be developing the movie and while it’s still quite a ways off, the duo claim to have a number of great ideas for the direction of this flick. “It would be me, Will and John [Solomon] writing it again,” Taccone told Screen Crush. “Every time I hang out with Will, we talk about all our cool ideas for the sequel. We have the idea for it and we have a title, but I won’t tell you what it is.”
Though Taccone was very coy on specific plot details, he did mention that the sequel would be set during the holidays, not unlike Die Hard. Taccone counts that movie as one of his favorites, and a huge inspiration on MacGruber, so expect references to the 1988 Bruce Willis classic to be present throughout the sequel. Maybe a Reginald VelJohnson cameo, if we’re lucky.
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