The SNL Characters: Who Were Supposed to Star in Their Film!
Since its debut in 1975, “Saturday Night Live” has been a mainstay of late-night television. The show, which was established by Lorne Michaels, has spanned nearly 50 seasons and has launched the careers of some of the most legendary comedians in history.
Many of these comedians, such as Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, Will Ferrell, and Kristen Wiig, left SNL to pursue successful careers in the film industry; in fact, some of these films were conceived in the hallways of 30 Rock.
Saturday Night Live: The Movie
While the majority of movies inspired by Saturday Night Live were based on characters or regular sketches, one undeveloped project was more ambitious.
In 1990, the SNL writing staff collaborated on a script for “The Saturday Night Live Movie,” which contained a collection of jokes based on film clichés and parodies. The 133-page script was posted online in 2010 and has since circulated as an example of what a feature-length SNL episode might entail.
In 1990, the show's cast comprised Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, and Chris Farley, among others. Nevertheless, it is uncertain which performers might have potentially starred in the project.
Nonetheless, the writing staff is credited at the end of the script, with Al Franken, Jim Downey, Robert Smigel, and Conan O'Brien among the veterans and newcomers who contributed sketches.
Sketches for the film included a romance between a woman and a farting Italian man, as well as a spoof of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” in which rising numbers of aliens were brutally slain.
This draught of “The Saturday Night Live Movie” is unlikely to ever be produced, but it may provide a suggestion for how the show will commemorate its forthcoming 50th anniversary. Fans of Saturday Night Live could consider it a dream come true if the show's cast and old and new writers collaborated on a full-length sketch show.
Hans & Franz
This did not make it to the big screen, but the duo did appear in a commercial during the 40th Anniversary Special of Saturday Night Live. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who planted the concept in Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon's heads in 1993, likely approved of this.
Arnold was going to star in it, co-produce it, the whole nine yards. Next came Last Action Hero, which performed poorly at the movie office. Arnold hesitated to make another fool of himself onscreen at that point. He stated he would never again portray himself in a film.
Bill Swerski's Superfans
One of the longest-running segments on Saturday Night Live, “Da Bears!” has become synonymous with Chicago football since 1991.
In 1995, a script was simmering on the stove while cocktail weenies and beers were prepared. The press was shouting about how horrible the show's year had been, which prompted the network to cancel it.
Fortunately, a live reading of the script was done at 2010 Just For Laughs Festival in Chicago by the writers, Bob Odenkirk and Robert Smigel, and cast members Joe Mantegna, George Wendt, Mike Ditka, and Richard Roe.
The concept of a film based on Mike Myers's humorous and legendary character, Linda Richmond, emerged around 1995. The Jewish talk show host had many guests and co-hosts, including Madonna and Roseanne, and even had her idol, Barbara Streisand, interrupt her show.
The persona was based on Mike's mother-in-law at the time. They are no longer married. Curious. The same negative press that prevented the release of Da Bears prevented the release of this film. The box office failures of It's Pat and Stuart Saves His Family did nothing to inspire confidence.