by Jorma Taccone
|Directed by||Jorma Taccone|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Original release||December 16, 2021|
|Preceded by||MacGruber (film)|
MacGruber is an upcoming American action-comedy streaming television series based on the recurring Saturday Night Live sketch of the same name, a parody of the action-adventure series MacGyver. Serving as a sequel to the 2010 film of the same name, the series stars Will Forte as the title character, who goes up against Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth, a villain from his past. Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Sam Elliott, Laurence Fishburne, Billy Zane, and Timothy V. Murphy also star. Produced by Universal Television and Broadway Video, filming for the series took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The series is scheduled to be released on Peacock on December 16, 2021.
After rotting in prison for over a decade, America's ultimate hero and uber patriot MacGruber 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.
MacGruber was a recurring sketch on Saturday Night Live starring comedian Will Forte as the title character. In March 2019, Forte spoke about transforming the sketch into a television series: "The state of MacGruber right now is, we're trying to see if somebody will let us make it as a TV series. We have a really fun idea. We actually went out and pitched it a couple weeks ago. So, we're figuring out that situation right now. That’s our hope is to get to make that. That's always at the top of our list." In November 2019, Forte mentioned the possibility of Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe returning to reprise their roles from the sketch series and 2010 film of the same name.
MacGruber was officially announced on January 16, 2020, when NBCUniversal revealed the inaugural development slate for the streaming service Peacock. By April 2020, the scripts for all eight episodes were near completion. In August 2020, production was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On August 10, 2020, the series was officially given a series order, with Wiig and Phillippe in negotiations to star.
According to Jorma Taccone, the production crew invited Christopher Nolan to the table read of the pilot, who gave positive remarks which Taccone said was "an amazing way to start the read-through". In June 2021, production began in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and it was confirmed that Wiig and Phillippe would reprise their roles, with Sam Elliott, Laurence Fishburne, and Mickey Rourke being added to the cast. By August 2021, Rourke left the series and was replaced by Billy Zane. Joseph Lee Anderson would join the cast in a recurring role, with Timothy V. Murphy reprising his role from the film. Filming concluded on August 23, 2021.
All eight episodes of the first season are scheduled to be released on Peacock on December 16, 2021.