- Will Forte and director Jorma Taccone have been discussing a "MacGruber" sequel
- "MacGruber" in 2010 only made a mere $4.1 million on its opening weekend
- It certainly didn't lose that much thanks to its small $10 million budget
Shortly before the release of 2010′s Will Forte-starring action-comedy "MacGruber," the "Saturday Night Live" star told this writer that he would definitely like to make a sequel.
"That is a dream scenario," said the comic. "Just to be working with the same group of people would be awesome. I would love the chance to do that again... in a tropical setting."
The chances of anyone ever putting up the dough for "MacGruber 2" seemed subatomically slight after the film garnered some dismal reviews -- EW's Liza Schwarzbaum dismissed it as "90 minutes of talented performers doing and saying dumb, crude stuff in pursuit of an elusive laugh" -- and a mere $4.1 million on its opening weekend.
The good-natured Forte essentially admitted that he and director Jorma Taccone had laid a box-office egg last year when my colleague Grady Smith puckishly asked him, in the course of an "Awkward Questions" Q&A, what he had planned for "MacGruber 3." The comedian's reply? "We're definitely gonna make Kristen Wiig's part a little bigger and we're gonna call it 'Bridesmaids 2: MacGruber 3.' And the 'MacGruber 3' will be in very small print."
So it comes as a surprise to learn that Forte and Taccone have been discussing a "MacGruber" sequel. Earlier this week the website Screen Crush quoted Taccone as saying that "Every time I hang out with Will, we talk about all our cool ideas for the sequel. We have the idea for it and we have a title, but I won't tell you what it is."
Truth be told, the idea of a "MacGruber" sequel is not quite as bizarre as it might at first appear. If the original film didn't make money, it certainly didn't lose that much thanks to its small $10 million budget. And Forte, Taccone, and co-writer John Solomon's unhingedly risqué creation does have its fans.
Devin Fraci of the Alamo Drafthouse blog Bada-- Digest actually made "MacGruber" one of his top 10 movies of 2010, hailing Taccone's directorial debut as "exact