Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner Reportedly Blocked Jon Hamm From Starring In David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner Reportedly Blocked Jon Hamm From Starring In David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Sacha Baron Cohen Reportedly Returning To Write, Produce, Star In & Direct The Freddie Mercury Biopic Sacha Baron Cohen Reportedly Returning To Write, Produce, Star In & Direct The Freddie Mercury Biopic Watch: James Bond Is Back In First Trailer For 'Spectre' Starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, & More Watch: James Bond Is Back In First Trailer For 'Spectre' Starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, & More Terrence Malick's Next Film With Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & Michael Fassbender Reportedly Gets Titled Terrence Malick's Next Film With Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & Michael Fassbender Reportedly Gets Titled Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Bloody And Bruised In First Trailer For Boxing Drama 'Southpaw' Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Bloody And Bruised In First Trailer For Boxing Drama 'Southpaw' Why Is It Suddenly Not OK To Have Been Gripped By 'The Jinx'? Why Is It Suddenly Not OK To Have Been Gripped By 'The Jinx'? New Infographic Lays Out Canonical 'Star Wars' Timeline With Films, TV And Books New Infographic Lays Out Canonical 'Star Wars' Timeline With Films, TV And Books First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join Watch: Explore The Loneliness Of Sofia Coppola's Films With This Supercut Watch: Explore The Loneliness Of Sofia Coppola's Films With This Supercut 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

'MacGruber' Director Jorma Taccone To Helm New Line Action-Comedy 'Spy Guys'

The Playlist By Charlie Schmidlin | The Playlist September 21, 2012 at 9:42AM

Out of musical comedy trio The Lonely Island, Andy Samberg has enjoyed perhaps the most mainstream success in both film and TV, but by no means have his co-members been slumming it on their own fronts. While Akiva Schaffer recently scored a better directorial opportunity than result with his summer effort “The Watch,” Jorma Taccone has been busy developing a number of different projects, in addition to popping up in Lena Dunham's “Girls,” and now finds himself fronting perhaps his highest-profile project yet.
0
Jorma Taccone

Out of musical comedy trio The Lonely Island, Andy Samberg has enjoyed perhaps the most mainstream success in both film and TV, but by no means have his co-members been slumming it on their own fronts. While Akiva Schaffer recently scored a better directorial opportunity than result with his summer effort “The Watch,” Jorma Taccone has been busy developing a number of different projects, in addition to popping up in Lena Dunham's “Girls,” and now finds himself fronting perhaps his highest-profile project yet.

Following a successful pitch from writer Adam Sztykiel (“Due Date”), New Line has announced the action-comedy “Spy Guys” will move forward with Taccone directing. Combining elements of “Ocean's Eleven," “True Lies,” and “Mission: Impossible,” the film will follow a CIA operative who's forced to reveal his double life to his friends following a European mission gone wrong. Once they recover from the initial shock, the gang then find themselves implicit in his espionage, and go on the lam together once they're targeted by baddies as well. Behind the scenes, and in keeping with the inseparability theme at play, all three Lonely Island members will help produce the film, along with the outside force of producer John Rickard (“Horrible Bosses”).

As the creative force behind dozens of “SNL” skits and the cult classic, “MacGruber,” Taccone clearly has the chops necessary for a big-budget comedy such as this, as his ability to balance absurdist comedy with a feature narrative has proven successful once before. Clearly others believe so as well, since besides prepping a “MacGruber” sequel he's also been tapped to direct comic adaptation, “The Great Unknown,” but this latest project clearly marks a step up for him into the studio arena. Now let's hope Schaffer has offered to Taccone his own observations on mixing genre with comedy, and an emphasis on legitimate character and stakes can be achieved in “Spy Guys” rather than just rampant improv overall as a pacifier. [THR]

This article is related to: Jorma Taccone, Spy Guys


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome

E-Mail Updates