Will Paramount's new "Saturday Night Live" movies succeed like "Wayne's World" or flop like "It's Pat"?
If you’ve ever wanted to hear Jim Breuer’s Goat Boy in THX Stereo, you may have your chance: NBC and Paramount are close to collaborating on a deal to make films based on “Saturday Night Live” characters. The movies will be produced by “SNL” creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels, who recently finished his own long-standing production pact with Paramount. That deal resulted in two “Wayne’s World” films and this fall’s “A Night at the Roxbury,” which features Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan’s monosyllabic nightclub hoppers.
In its 23 years, “Saturday Night Live” has spawned such memorable characters as the Wild and Crazy Festrunk brothers and the Spartan cheerleaders, but the show’s track record with films has been less noteworthy. The two “Wayne’s” pulled in a total of $170 million, but 1993’s “Coneheads” made only $21 million, and this year’s “Blues Brothers 2000” grossed just $13.9 million.
The first film from the new deal is scheduled to be “Superstar,” starring Molly Shannon as Mary Katherine Gallagher, the nerdy Catholic school girl who repeatedly smells her armpits and smashes into furniture. Says Entertainment Weekly’s TV editor Jamie Bufalino: “I have two words for Mr. Michaels: ‘It’s Pat.'” [The 1994 movie, which starred Julia Sweeney’s androgynous character and was not produced by Michaels, grossed only $50,000.] Bufalino adds, “Maybe the Mary Katherine character has a really interesting internal dialogue that they’re gonna play up and make into a fabulous movie, but chances are it’s going to be a lot of jumping around and falling down.”