In a new interview, Jorma Taccone revealed that he has been “aggressively” pitching a MacGruber TV series which will see the original cast return to reprise their roles for the eight to ten episode long series.
“We just spent the last two days pitching it as a series, eight-to-ten episodes. I’m really hoping that when you print this there’s an announcement that it’s actually happening, because I know nothing right now. “
MacGruber started as an SNL parody of MacGyver and even managed to hook MacGyver star Richard Dean Anderson into making several appearances on the skit as MacGruber’s father eventually leading to a full length feature movie in 2010. However the popularity of the skit did not transfer to the box office for creators Jorma Taccone and Will Forte with the movie making back only $9.3 million of it’s $10 million budget.
The movie has since developed a cult following which will be a key push to get the show picked up. Taccone, a former writer on SNL and co-creator of MacGruber says that everyone is on board for the show and that they are brimming with ideas.
What’s nice is that, when you make something that had the heartbreak of not doing so well financially… I would feel terrible if the people involved were embarrassed about it, but Ryan [Phillippe] loves that shit, Kristen Wiig loves that shit, all the people involved are so psyched… We’ve had so many ideas over the years, from the moment we stopped filming. I just love this character so much. We can expand the world now.”
The shows biggest hurdle may not be finding a network however. With CBS’ reboot of MacGyver now half way through it’s 3rd season and winning it’s Friday night time slot in the ratings war, they may be less than impressed to see a parody of their reboot hitting the streams and if they feel the show may impact on their franchise they wont hesitate to bind the MacGruber team in as much legal duct tape as they can find.