Will Forte’s MacGruber gets a series order at Peacock
Peacock has officially given a straight-to-series order to Emmy-nominated writer-actor Will Forte’s forthcoming action-comedy series MacGruber, based on Forte’s popular Saturday Night Live parody sketch of 1980s series MacGyver. The announcement also came with the release of a new video which you can check out below, teasing Forte’s return as the titular special operations agent.
According to Deadline, fellow SNL alum Kristen Wiig (Wonder Woman 1984) and Ryan Phillippe (Shooter) are in the final negotiations to reprise their roles as Vicki St. Elmo and Dixon Piper, who both appeared in the 2010 film adaptation. The 8-episode series is scheduled to make its debut in 2021.
After rotting in prison for over a decade, America’s ultimate hero and uber patriot MacGruber is finally released. His mission: to take down a mysterious villain from his past—Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth. With the entire world in the crosshairs, MacGruber (Will Forte), Vicki, and Piper must race against time to defeat the forces of evil. Only to find that evil… may be lurking within.
Forte will write and executive produce the episode series. Jorma Taccone will write, direct, and executive produce along with John Solomon who will write and executive produce. Additional executive producers include Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn, Andrew Singer, and Erin David.
The 2010 MacGruber film was adapted from a Saturday Night Live parody sketch and was written by Forte, Solomon, and Taccone (who also directed the parody). Along with Forte, the movie also starred Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Val Kilmer, Powers Boothe, and Maya Rudolph.