Late last night, Andy Samberg gave fans a first look at the teaser one-sheet for his new film Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping on Jimmy Kimmel Live!! That's right, Universal Pictures' Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie now has an official title! And don't worry, this 'sure to be a hit' blockbuster comedy is still coming to theaters this summer. Nothing can stop it!
Universal Pictures' Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is headlined by musical digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. They are the group collectively known as The Lonely Island! The comedy goes behind the scenes as singer/rapper Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he's no longer the dopest star of all.
The latest comedy from blockbuster producer Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Superbad, Knocked Up) co-stars Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows and Maya Rudolph and many of the biggest names in comedy and music in cameo performances. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping was co-directed by Schaffer and Taccone and written by The Lonely Island trio. The comedy is also produced by Rodney Rothman (producer of Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall; co-writer of 22 Jump Street), as well as Samberg, Schaffer and Taccone.
While Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is being referred to as the first Lonely Island movie, that's not necessarily true. The trio also co-wrote, co-directed, co-produced and starred in the 2007 comedy Hot Rod, which also had Andy Samberg in the lead. The film debuted during the group's SNL heyday. That movie centered Rod Kimball, a small town stuntman who is rather accident-prone. Poor Rod cannot get any respect from his stepfather, Frank, who beats him up in weekly sparring matches. When Frank falls ill, Rod devises his most outrageous stunt yet to raise money for Frank's operation, and then Rod will kick Frank's butt. The movie didn't necessarily set the world on fire, earning only $13.9 million domestically, with a worldwide total of $14.3 million. The film has since gone onto become a bonafide cult favorite.
Promoted as a Lonely Island movie, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping should fare better than Hot Rod at the box office. Though, it faces some serious summer competition on June 3. The comedy will be going up against the sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and the romantic comedy Me Before You starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. That doesn't seem to bother these guys, though. As they promise to never stop never stopping.