There’s maybe never been any other film that looked as bad in its advertising and went on to be as deeply loved as MacGruber. People are into that movie big time. Which is impressive, because it manages to get tons of laughs despite being built on a pretty thin premise. You have to chalk a big portion of it’s success up to director Jorma Taccone, who has served as a writer and director on Saturday Night Live since 2005, and is a member of The Lonely Island (you know, those digital shorts guys) alongside Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer. He’s a talented fellow, and any future projects he works on should be considered big news.
Which is why THR’s report on what he’s doing next sounds so intriguing. According to the trade, Taccone is attached to direct an adaptation of Duncan Rouleau’s (Ben 10) comic book project ‘The Great Unknown,’ which was published by Image Comics. The Great Unknown is an action-comedy about a self-important slacker with delusions of grandeur who thinks that his amazing ideas are being stolen and utilized all over the world. The story centers on his quest to solve the mystery of how his genius is being co-opted and exploited. Rouleau’s comic is set to be adapted into a screenplay by Michael Starrbury, who is a relative newcomer, but who had his script Watch Roger Do His Thing make the Black List of best unproduced screenplays.
In preparation for this film we should all vow to not laugh again until its release; that way it will be extra funny when we finally get to see it. See you in the theater. Remember our deal.