Apatow's Whining Pays Off As Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie Begins Shooting

Posted: May 16 2015, 8:34pm CDT | by , in News


Apatow's Whining Pays Off as Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie Begins Shooting
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  • "Zazzed" is a thing.
  • Digital Shorts still make waves.
  • So who's doing what in production?

The Lonely Island's Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie begins shooting this week with a Universal Release. But how excited is Judd Apatow to produce?

Universal Pictures’ Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie, starring Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone as The Lonely Island, begins principal photography this week.

The trio played up the comedic angle of the genre and film in a press release. "Not to be hyperbolic, but we are seriously zazzed about this movie."

Produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Bridesmaids), the film is a set in the world of music as the Lonely Island.

Known for creating viral content like SNL's "Digital Shorts," the group managed to focus on everything from The Chronicles of Narnia ("Lazy Sunday"), which kicked off their shot to stardom thanks to Lorne Michaels, to Ivy League to gangasta rapper Natalie Portman’s own "Natalie’s Rap.”

Integrating digital technology, comedy, and a visual aids launched The Lonely Island even higher than expected. Comedic style is an updated take on comedy incorporates rap and R&B while following the traditions of great comedy acts like Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Monty Python and the Marx Brothers.

And some of the most popular digital-short products include the Emmy-winning "Dick in a Box" with Justin Timberlake, "I'm on a Boat" featuring T-Pain, and "YOLO" with Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar.

The childhood friends released their first album Incredibad in 2009. Follow up albums Turtleneck & Chain (2011) and The Wack Album (2013) hit music platforms and record stores. And untitled album will be released sometime in 2015. 

Of course, the Oscar-nominated hit “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie involved the trio, along with Shawn Patterson, Joshua Bartholomew, and Lisa Harriton.

Speaking about being zazzed, Apatow apparently approached the idea with a bit of singular focus. "I have begged these fine gentlemen to allow me to produce one of their films since day one."

"Finally they decided my whining needed to come to an end.”

And their ingenious, homage approach to comedy has paid off. After all, Samberg will be hosting the 67th Annual Primetime Emmys in September. The former SNL actor now works on Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine as well as Lonely Island.

Behind-the-scenes offers a bit more vision to the film's potential future.

Other producers of the Lonely Island Movie include Rodney Rothman (Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Samberg, Taccone and Schaffer. Rotham also co-wrote 22 Jump Street (2014) featuring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. The executive producer for the movie is Morgan Sackett (Parks and Recreation, Seinfeld).

Set production designer will be Jon Billington (World War Z, The Interview) and costume designer will be Sophie De Rakoff (McFarland, USA, Legally Blonde). Meanwhile, Brandon Trost (This Is the End, Neighbors) joins as director of photography. Editing the film are Jamie Gross (Role Models, Vacation), Stacey Schroeder (Grudge Match, Key and Peele) and Zene Baker (This Is the End, Neighbors).

For more information on The Lonely Island, check thelonelyisland.com.

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