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The following is an excerpt from The Lonely Island movie is coming, produced by Judd Apatow
As The Lonely Island, actors/writers/”rappers” Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone have produced several entertaining albums, numerous Digital Shorts, some hilarious music videos, and a slew of skits on Saturday Night Live. Now, as Variety reports, the trio is about to add a feature-length film to their collective CV with a forthcoming project through Universal Studios.
Writer-director Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Superbad) will serve as one of the untitled film’s executive producers. The script is expected to be penned by all three Islanders, with Schaffer and Taccone co-directing. As Variety notes, the film’s setting involves the “world of music.” No word yet on when the film will begin production.
Though it’s their first film together under the Lonely Island banner, it’s not the trio’s first silver-screen adventure.
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The following is an excerpt from The Lonely Island Working on New Judd Apatow-Produced Film
The Lonely Island have already shared their absurd musical comedy on Saturday Night Live and three studio albums. But now the trio (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone) are branching further into feature film with a new, as-yet-untitled project acquired by Universal. According to The Hollywood Reporter, all three will star in the big-screen comedy, which “is set in the music world.” The trio will co-produce the movie, along with Judd Apatow Productions; Schaffer and Taccone will co-direct.
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The Lonely Island first rose to national attention on SNL (Samberg as a cast member, Schaffer and Taccone as writers), creating a series of highly popular digital shorts – including “Dick in a Box” (which featured Justin Timberlake crooning about a phallic surprise), “Lazy Sunday” (which found Samberg and Chris Parnell as devoted nerds-cum-hardcore-rappers rhyming about Yahoo! maps and The Chronic(what?)-cles of Narnia) and the highly literal track “I’m on a Boat.” Since leaving the show following the 2011 and 2012 seasons, they’ve released three LPs, including 2013’s The Wack Album.
The trio’s first film project was 2007’s Hot Rod, which was directed by Schaffer and starred Samberg as an idiotic stuntman. (The trio helped co-write the film, though their contributions were uncredited.) Schaffer and Taccone have kept busy with acting and directing, while Samberg has found success with his TV comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine.