Lonely Island set to make new film with Superbad producer Judd Apatow
Universal are reported to have bought the rights to the film that will see the trio as characters 'in the world of music'
Friday 08 August 2014
Lonely Island are set to hit Hollywood again after it was announced that Universal Pictures had picked up the rights for a new film starring the comedic-music trio.
American website Variety reported on Thursday that the Lonely Island boys, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, were set to team up with Knocked-Up producer Judd Apatow to make what will be the trio’s second feature film.
Although a title has yet to be decided, and very little detail about film’s plot has been revealed, Variety did report that the film would have the three men playing characters in “the world of music”.
Scaffer and Taccone are believed to have put themselves forward as the film’s directors and producer of Liar Liar, Erik Baiers, is also said to be involved.
The new film will be Lonely Island’s second Hollywood project after the release Hot Rod in 2007.
The film, that starred Samberg as the self-proclaimed stuntman Rod Kimble, ended up bombing in the box office losing Paramount Pictures over $10 million.
Yet since then, Lonely Island’s stock has raised significantly, with a regular slot on popular American television show Saturday Night Live and a number of high-profile music collaborations with stars such as Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna.
The news that Judd Apatow is on board will further increase the hype around the film. Since the release of Anchorman The Legend of Ron Burgundy in 2004, Apatow’s movies like Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall have dominated Hollywood, earning millions at the box office.
The new film will be the second high-profile project they have signed up to this year. In January, they signed a deal with Fox that would see them producing comedy shows for the network over the next couple of years.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
- 2 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 3 The Simpsons death: Creator Al Jean would 'kill himself' before character like Homer or Lisa
- 4 British man raped while urinating in bushes at Oktoberfest beer festival in Germany
- 5 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
Black-ish: America's new 'racist' TV sitcom has had a mixed reception
Cilla, episode 3, ITV - review: Ed Stoppard steals the limelight as Beatles manager Brian Epstein
The Simpsons death: Creator Al Jean would 'kill himself' before character like Homer or Lisa
'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'
The Jungle Book: A tale as old as time
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
'Women, walk wherever you want' posters taken down in Stamford Hill following 'unacceptable' signs separating men and women
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
- < Previous
- Next >