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MacGruber 2 has been bandied about in an "on again/off again" fashion since 2012, with each story giving and taking hope for a sequel in equal measure. Considering the film was released in 2010 and the result has been the same, there's still a good chance the sequel to the film based off of an SNL sketch may never happen. If you've talked to Will Forte as recently as six months ago, he would have told you that MacGruber 2 was still off the table as a possibility. Looks like the carousel's still turning over in Forte Land, as the comedian has evolved his position again... only this time, there's a cost to see MacGruber 2. That cost is The Last Man On Earth.
The Wrap has Will Forte on record as stating that depending on how well The Last Man On Earth performs on Fox, we just might see the continuing adventures of this rather handy super spy. More specifically, Forte set the following condition:
"If [‘The Last Man on Earth’] were to ever be successful enough to get a second season, we’d probably have to wait until after that season to make it. If the show isn’t successful enough to do that, we’d probably jump in right away."
What makes this instance different is that for the first time in the entire debate, MacGruber 2 seems to consistently be moving forward. Rewind the clock back to six months ago, and Will Forte said that the film was in early days, with a rough first act in place. The prospect that the film would be coming together at any point soon sounded tentative at best. However, Forte has now put actual stakes on the table, and the general shape of the sequel's story seems to be progressing quite well considering at least the first two acts sounds like they're sketched out in a rough fashion. Should his new Fox sitcom tank for some reason, Forte is ready to bet house money MacGruber 2 will more than likely be a go.
Looking at Fox's track record with sitcoms, or shows in general, they have a particularly high kill rate for freshman shows on their network. With Will Forte in the lead, and The Lego Movie masterminds Phil Lord and Chris Miller lending their names to the project as well, there's a fighting chance that The Last Man On Earth could be a break out hit in its first season. Even if it isn't, there's a good shot that the show will be given a Brooklyn Nine Nine style pass in order to further experiment with the Sunday night lineup that once found itself dominated by animation.
It's not the first time a sequel has been dangled in front of our faces, only to be snatched back without a moment's notice. MacGruber would be in good company if its sequel never ended up happening, but considering how amped Forte and director/co-writer Jorma Taccone are to get the chance to return to the world they built five years ago, it doesn't sound like this project is going to have any other option but to actually exist.
The Last Man On Earth premieres tonight on Fox.