Remember MacGruber, the 2000s Saturday Night Live MacGyver parody that somehow became one of the most insane action-comedy movies ever? If you do, then we have good news, as MacGruber is set to return in a brand new TV series.
MacGruber will once again be portrayed by Will Forte, and it sounds like his film co-stars Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe may be back as well — though their involvement has not yet been confirmed. A plot synopsis has been released for the series which confirms the return of their characters Vicky and Piper, but there’s always a chance that one or both of the characters could be recast. Here’s the utterly ridiculous synopsis for the show, via Variety:
In MacGruber, after rotting in prison for over a decade, America’s ultimate hero and uber patriot MacGruber (Forte) 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, Vicki, and Piper must race against time to defeat the forces of evil, only to find that evil may be lurking within.
That sounds exactly like the type of pseudo-serious action movie nonsense that was at the heart of the MacGruber movie, and we’re psyched to return to that world. In addition to starring, Forte is writing and executive producing the show along with Jorma Taccone and John Solomon, which is the same trio that wrote the film (Taccone directed). Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn, who co-produced the film, are also listed as executive producers on the series. It was Taccone who created the character originally, and he wrote the MacGruber sketches with Forte and Solomon during the trio’s days at SNL.
The series has been picked up by NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming service Peacock, though no premiere date has been given as of yet. We suppose we’ll know when it starts streaming once we hear the distant sound of throats being ripped from the necks of bad guys.