Transitioning out of “Saturday Night Live” and establishing yourself as a stand-alone star isn’t easy and for every Will Ferrell or Adam Sandler there is a Chris Kattan or Tim Meadows. For Will Forte, the journey certainly hasn’t been a straight line. His attempt to turn “MacGruber” into a feature film found audiences lukewarm to the idea, and his previous attempt big-screen comedy stardom “The Brothers Solomon” was roundly ignored and critically savaged. However, Forte hasn’t given up and is wisely going the supporting route to re-build his profile. With roles in “I Hate You Dad,” “Rock Of Ages” and “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” on the horizon he’s adding one more big-league comedy into the mix.
Already boasting a stacked roster of talent including Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Nicholas Braun and Rosemarie DeWitt, THR reports that Forte has boarded “Neighborhood Watch.” Forte will play Sergeant Bressman in the story, which involves a suburban neighborhood watch group who discover a conspiracy that threatens the entire world. High concept plus a pretty big comedy cast has our expectations up for this. Let’s hope they can deliver.
Forte will find a familiar face in director Akiva Schaffer, the SNL writer/director and Lonely Island member who is stepping behind the camera. Production begins soon with a 2012 release date in the works.