Fans of secret agents that are extremely resourceful when in a jam cheered last week when CBS confirmed that it was developing a new take on ‘80s action drama MacGyver. One of those fans? Will Forte.
The star of The Last Man on Earth has a special connection to the series, as he paid parodical tribute to it for several years by starring in MacGruber skits on Saturday Night Live before bringing his version of the mulleted mastermind to the big screen in 2010. Asked if he approved of the CBS reboot — whose pilot will be directed/executive produced by James Wan (Saw, Furious 7) — Forte told EW: “I approve more than I approve of anything in the world. MacGruber wouldn’t exist — for legal reasons I can’t say that. But certainly we owe the entire MacGruber series to the existence of MacGyver. So I very much hope that [MacGyver star] Richard Dean Anderson is a major part of that reboot because he was the best and was so wonderful to us, and did a part on some MacGrubers for SNL.” (Enjoy: photo above.)
Would Forte be interested in making a cameo in the new MacGyver? “It’d be an honor,” he says, although he cautions: “I don’t expect for anyone to reaching out to me to do a part in it anytime soon. But you never know.”
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As for a revival of the other Mac, Forte remains committed to the MacGruber sequel cause. (Though the first film bombed at the box office, it has taken on a cult life since.) First, he has to finish work on season 2 of Last Man on Earth, on which he also serves as creator/executive producer/writer, but then he says he’ll fully reinvest in the vest. “There’s nothing I would rather do than that,” he says. “It’s not a question of if but when. This show takes up every second of every day. Come Feburary, if I have a little bit of time, Jorma [Taccone, who directed MacGruber], John [Solomon, who co-wrote the script with Forte and Taccone] and I will get together and we’ll start banging it out.”
Two-thirds of an outline has been completed, he says, and when it’s finished, the script-writing process will begin in earnest. “Then, of course, we have to take maybe a month to have a dick-joke pass where we make our d— jokes better,” quips Forte. “And then we’ll do another d—-joke pass. And then we’ll see where it is from there.”
Forte is reluctant to reveal anything about the plot of the sequel, but he does drop a glint of a hint about the opening scene. “There is a possibility of starting it in a way that you would never ever start an action movie,” he says, laughing. “We have this idea for a cold open, which we just don’t know if we have the balls to do. And we’ve done some crazy stuff. This is just like, ‘Do we really want to do this? Is this how we want to start out the movie?’ It’s pretty gnarly.” He pauses. “But we might just have to do it.”