Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island are still developing their Fyre Festival movie. While Rogen has numerous projects currently in various stages of development, the popular comedian hasn’t written or directed a feature film since 2016’s Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. Never one to back down from potential controversy or taking a jab at pop culture, Rogen seems to enjoy keeping fans guessing over what challenge he’ll take on next – or in this case, when he’ll take it on.
Back in 2017, a couple of tweets from Rogen and comedy troupe The Lonely Island (consisting of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone) revealed that the two camps were in the process of creating a disaster comedy based on the concept of a music festival that goes horribly wrong. This information was provided just after the now infamous Fyre Festival brought stunned concertgoers to a nightmare event in the Caribbean that was meant to be the ultimate music festival party. Since that time, two documentary films have been released about the Fyre Festival debacle, but Rogen and The Lonely Island’s film has yet to materialize, leaving fans of the comedians to wonder what’s going on.
Thankfully, that project is still alive and well, according to Lonely Island-er Jorma Taccone. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Taccone revealed that although he’s currently wrapped up in trying to get a MacGruber TV series off the ground, the as-of-now untitled Fyre Festival spoof film is definitely being developed. According to Taccone, the project is the brainchild of Schaffer and Rogen and aside from having watched the Netflix documentary Fyre three times, Taccone insists that the project is being worked on:
“Oh yeah. I don’t want to divulge all the details but we’re figuring it out right now. You’ve seen the docs, right? It’s crazy. This is something that Akiva and Seth cooked up, and we’re figuring it all out right now.”
As if the disastrous Fyre Festival –0organizer Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule’s intended Caribbean island music festival that never was – didn’t kick up enough attention and negative press, the aforementioned documentaries on the subject from Hulu and Netflix have given audiences a brand new insight into everything that took place. It’s difficult for many to feel sympathy for those who bought into the lavish excess that was promised on Fyre Cay, which is probably why a spoof of such an event occurring isn’t likely to ruffle many feathers, unlike say, Rogen’s past efforts like The Interview. And of course, The Lonely Island crew excel at spoofing lavish excess, having skewered the world of pop music superstardom in 2016’s Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Exactly when fans of both Rogen and The Lonely Island will have a chance to get their first glimpse of this music festival turned disaster joint effort is anyone’s guess, as both camps are balancing very busy schedules.
If anyone is going to make a comedy that mirrors the events of the Fyre Festival, there are few comedians out there with the proven track record of Rogen. While The Lonely Island have shown themselves to be silly and laugh out loud hilarious all in one, it’s the inclusion of Rogen that really gives this project its shine. Once considered a fixture in the stoner-comedy genre, Rogen has shown that he’s grown beyond that label and is capable of taking oddball premises and making them work. With the ongoing popularity of the failure seemingly at an all-time high, perhaps Rogen and The Lonely Island’s film will arrive just in time to pull even more laughs out of a topic that refuses to die just yet.