In a bombshell announcement, Variety is reporting that NBC's fledgling streaming service, Peacock, is getting its very own series based on MacGruber, the criminally-undervalued Jorma Taccone comedy from 2010. That film failed to find an audience while it was in theaters, but has gained a sizable cult following in the years since. Rumors of a sequel or a streaming series have circulated since 2015, but now it appears it's finally going to happen.
Here's how Variety's describing the show, which is currently in development:
"In MacGruber, after rotting in prison for over a decade, America’s ultimate hero and uber patriot MacGruber (played by Forte) 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, Vicki, and Piper must race against time to defeat the forces of evil, only to find that evil may be lurking within."
Variety's report goes on to say that Will Forte will return to star, executive produce (alongside Taccone), and write on the series, and the mention of Vicki in the synopsis us above leads us to believe that Kristen Wiig may be getting involved, as well. Of course, it's entirely possible they could recast the part - come to think of it, a complete recasting with no one ever mentioning the switch feels very MacGruber - but we'll wait and see what shakes out.
This is quite the get for NBC's still-unlaunched streaming service, and a hugely exciting piece of news for MacGruber fans. No word on when the show will premiere, of course, but rest assured we'll be keeping a close eye on this situation, and will suck as many diii-- er, uh, will keep you informed as further updates roll in. Today is a good day.