MacGruber fans may soon be getting a sequel for the cult-favorite Saturday Night Live movie.
The movie about the hapless MacGyver rip-off is reportedly spawning a second act, and actor Will Forte recently talked about the progress of the project. Forte said he and director/co-writer Jorma Taccone had been working on “a really solid first act” for the movie.
“Jorma [Taccone] just sent an outline for MacGruber 2,” he told Collider. “We had worked together on something and I had fleshed out the first act of MacGruber 2. He took that and went nuts on the rest of it. I’m very excited because I feel like at some point, if somebody will let us do it, then we’ll do it. But it’s out of our hands. But we’re writing it for sure.”
But earlier this year Forte had noted that there were some logistical difficulties in pulling together a MacGruber sequel.
Jorma [Taccone] and I just got together—well, John Solomon, who’s our third partner, is working at SNL right now—so Jorma and I got together to try and start figuring it out. We have a really solid first act so far, so we have to get together again and keep going through. But yeah, he’s been super busy, and I’ve been really busy, John is still in production at SNL, so hopefully when he’s out, and we can all find some time to get together, we can rip through it because we would love to try and make a second one. We love the stuff we have so far, and it’s really fun, and we hope we can get it all together.
In his most recent interview, Will Forte said he actually likes the frequent questions about a MacGruber sequel, as it means that people are still excited about the first one.
“Unless they are saying, ‘Are you serious about MacGruber?’ ” he added.
The first MacGruber movie, released in 2010, opened to mixed reviews and ended up struggling to meet its tiny $10 million production cost. It was listed as one of the year’s biggest box office bombs, but enjoyed something of a second life as it moved to DVD and became a cult hit among fans.