‘SNL’ spies opportunity

Forte's MacGruber headed for the bigscreen

Will Forte’s bumbling spy MacGruber is headed for the bigscreen as the latest in a long line of “Saturday Night Live” characters to make that transition.

“SNL’s” Kristen Wiig will reprise her Vicki character for the feature. Val Kilmer and Ryan Phillippe are in talks to join the cast.

Forte — who will return to “SNL” in the fall — debuted the parody of the 1980s action-adventure series “MacGyver” in 2007. He’ll co-write with “SNL’s” Jorma Taccone and John Solomon; the logline’s being kept under wraps. Taccone will direct.

Relativity Media topper Ryan Kavanaugh, Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn are producing the project, which will begin shooting next month. Relativity’s Tucker Tooley will exec produce along with Erin David and “SNL” head writer Seth Meyers.

MacGruber” will be distributed under Relativity’s Rogue banner, which utilizes Universal distribution.

Forte stars in Endgame’s upcoming “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy.”

“SNL” honcho Michaels has produced more than half a dozen features that transitioned show characters to the bigscreen including “Wayne’s World,” “The Ladies Man,” “Coneheads,” “Superstar,” “Stuart Saves His Family” and “A Night at the Roxbury.”

Forte and Taccone are represented by UTA and Mosaic. Wiig’s repped by UTA and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment.

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