It’s been two years since we first heard that Judd Apatow was producing a new film created by The Lonely Island, the trio of Saturday Night Live writers that combined comedy and music into some of the show’s best viral content in years. While little is known about the movie as a whole, we now have our first look at the film, in the form of a poster. This also gives us the film’s official title: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.
Needless to say, the title is perfect. Early reports were that the film was going to be taking aim at the musical concert/documentary film style, such as the recent Katy Perry: Part of Me or Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never. This subtitle, Never Stop Never Stopping, drives the idea to its logically absurd conclusion. Andy Samberg also looks perfect.
What’s great about the poster is that other than the title, there’s actually nothing overtly funny here. If you walked past this poster in the movie theater lobby and weren’t paying close attention, you’d likely think it was an ad for an actual concert film. We expect that there will be many people who aren’t directly familiar with the name Lonely Island and probably will believe this movie is legitimate.
Of course, even if you did think this movie was playing it straight, the poster is still ridiculous, and that’s part of the joke. Along with the poster we also have the official plot synopsis for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. It lines up with some of the early reports of what the film is about, but gives us a bit more detail as well.
The original word was that the unnamed film would focus on a boy band, made up of the three members of The Lonely Island, Adam Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone. Now, it sounds like idea is to only tell the story of a single pop singer, Samberg’s character, known as Conner4Real. While the other two members of the trio will have plenty of work to do as both co-writers and co-directors on the project, we’re sure they’ll find their way in front of the camera as well, even if they won’t be key characters.
The Lonely Island has always been good for four minutes of entertainment as part of a sketch comedy show, but time will tell if they can make the transition to feature films. Many have tried to translate Saturday Night Live success to the big screen, but not all have succeeded. Is Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping going to be a solid gold hit? What do you think? We'll find out for sure on June 3.
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CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis. Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.