Universal acquires Andy Samberg, The Lonely Island music-themed comedy

By Kyle Johnson,

Universal has acquired the film rights for an untitled comedy starring members of The Lonely Island, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone.

The movie will be music oriented, which isn't too surprising given the trio will also produce the film, Deadline reports. Schaffer, who helmed Hot Rod, and Taccone will direct the film.

The Lonely Island is best known for the Saturday Night Live Digital Shorts segments, which Taccone and Schaffer often directed and would occasionaly feature all three members of the group. Including hits like "I'm on a Boat" and "D--k in a Box." Taccone also had directing duties for MacGruber.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Judd Apatow is on board to produce the film through Judd Apatow Productions. Senior vice president of production Erik Baiers was tapped to oversee the film for Universal.

Samberg is currently starring in the hit Fox comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, while Schaffer most recently directed The Watch, which Taccone appeared in.

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