The Lonely Island's Jorma Taccone To Helm Action Comedy Spy Guys
The boys of Lonely Island didn't have a great summer, with Andy Samberg's That's My Boy and Akiva Schaffer's The Watch failing to do much of anything for critics or at the box office, but now Jorma Taccone aims to turn the ship around. The comedian and Saturday Night Live writer has been hired by New Line to direct the new action-comedy Spy Guys, which is based on an original script by Adam Sztykiel (Due Date, Made of Honor). The film will be Taccone's second feature directing effort after having helmed 2010's MacGruber.
THR reports that the movie is a cross between "Oceanís Eleven, True Lies and Mission: Impossible" and follows a CIA agent who is framed for a crime and must go on the run while attending a friend's wedding in Europe. Out of options, he decides to tell his friends what he actually does for a living and enlists their help both protecting him and clearing his name. John Rickard will produce the project along with Taccone, Samberg and Schaffer.
Since directing MacGruber - which was a total bomb at the box office but has found a cult following on DVD and Blu-ray - Taccone has kept his directing skills fresh on the small screen. In addition to helming many of SNL's Digital Shorts, he has also lent his skills to other shows on NBC, including Parks and Recreation and Up All Night. He also continues to work as an actor, starring in an episode of the HBO series Girls and filming a small role in the upcoming Adam Sandler sequel Grown Ups 2.
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