CBS has MacGyver, an action series reboot of the 1985 show of the same name. Soon, Peacock will have MacGruber, an action-comedy that’s based on the same show. Today, the streaming service announced an eight-episode pickup of the series that began as a parody sketch on Saturday Night Live and was later adapted as a feature film.
Will Forte will reprise his role as the title character of MacGruber and will also co-write and executive produce on the series. Deadline reports that Ryan Phillippe and Kristen Wiig, who co-starred in the 2010 movie, are in talks to join the Peacock series.
Here’s some additional information, as well as a teaser, from Peacock:
“MacGruber” Series Pick-Up
The highly anticipated action comedy series “MacGruber” has been picked up to series. Based on the iconic SNL parody sketch, Peacock has ordered eight half-hour episodes.
Will Forte will reprise his iconic role as MacGruber and also write and executive produce. The Peacock series is an adaptation of the 2010 feature film and cult favorite of the same title, which will also feature the original creative team behind the camera.
After rotting in prison for over a decade, America’s ultimate hero and uber patriot MacGruber (Will 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 must race against time to defeat the forces of evil — only to find that evil… may be lurking within.
Will Forte serves as writer and executive producer alongside John Solomon and Jorma Taccone who will also direct. Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn, Andrew Singer and Erin David also serve as executive producers. “MacGruber” is from Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Broadway Video.
What do you think? Have you enjoyed the MacGruber skits and movie? Will you check out the Peacock series?