‘The Lonely Island’ Boys Are Getting a Judd Apatow-Produced Feature Film

By August 8, 2014

Perhaps The Lonely Island boys will soon be able to afford their own boats.

The Hollywood Reporter shares that the musical comedy group — made up of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, and best known for their “Saturday Night Live” Digital Shorts and various hit songs (including the excessively ear-wormy “I’m On a Boat”) — are getting their very own feature film.

Little is known about the meat of the project at this time, beyond that the trio will star in the film and that Schaffer and Taccone will co-direct it. Oh, and it’s “set in the music world.” Oh, and Judd Apatow is producing it. Sure, that’s not a ton of information to go on, but if you’re familiar with The Lonely Island’s brand of humor and Apatow’s style, it gives us the kernel of an idea: it will be funny. We’re always willing to bet that it might just be a vaguely veiled fake biopic of the band, or at least, a band very much like The Lonely Island.


Even though this will be the first official “Lonely Island feature,” the guys have dabbled in big screen work (both together and apart) many times before. Samberg, of course, has titles like I Love You, Man and Celeste and Jesse Forever under his belt, while Schaffer has directed films like the Samberg-starring Hot Rod and The Watch. Taccone has maybe the coolest credit — he wrote and directed the beloved MacGruber feature film.

All three rose to stardom thanks to “Saturday Night Live,” where Samberg was a cast member and Taccone and Schaffer were on the writing staff. The trio have since left the show, but they recently released their “The Wack Album,” so their musical comedy skills are still sharp. Samberg recently picked up an Emmy for his work on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” so he’s on a nice high right now.

There’s no word on when we can expect to see the untitled film, but the backing of Universal and Apatow is a very good sign. Everybody, to the boat! Together!

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Kate Erbland
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