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A Fyre Festival parody movie is in the works

Seth Rogen and the Lonely Island team are working on a movie spoof of the disastrous island festival

Seth Rogen is developing a Fyre Festival spoof with The Lonely Island. Getty Images 
Seth Rogen is developing a Fyre Festival spoof with The Lonely Island. Getty Images 

Since the release of Netflix's Fyre Festival documentary, people around the world have become obsessed with the ill-fated music event held on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma.

Well, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood got involved - and comedy actors Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone) have revealed they are working on a film about a festival that goes “horribly wrong”.

However, it seems they had their idea long before anyone knew anything about Fyre Festival, and the disaster it would ultimately be.

The campsite at Fyre Festival after festival-goers arrived to find their lodgings were sodden hurricane tents rather than the luxury villas they had paid for. SplashNews.com.
The campsite at Fyre Festival after festival-goers arrived to find their lodgings were sodden tents rather than the luxury villas they had paid for. SplashNews.com

Back in April 2017, exactly when Fyre was falling apart, Rogen and The Lonely Island guys tweeted about their movie idea.

"This seems like a good time to mention the movie we are making with @thelonelyisland about a music festival that goes HORRIBLY WRONG," Rogen wrote on Twitter.

With Samberg and co replying, "For real, thinking about suing #FyreFestival for stealing our idea."

That was all we knew about the movie idea – until now.

On February 8, The Lonely Island's Jorma Taccone spoke to The Daily Beast about the film, saying: “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.”

From left, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer and Andy Samberg of The Lonely Island. Kevin Winter / Getty Images for Spike TV / AFP
The Lonely Island guys, from left: Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer and Andy Samberg. Getty Images for Spike TV / AFP

Taccone added that he has seen the Netflix documentary three times, but it yet to watch the Hulu version. He also said that fans could expect something like the Justin Bieber parody movie, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, which Samberg, Taccone and Schaffer starred in in 2016. It's a loose spoof of Bieber's Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.

Fyre Festival has been dubbed "the greatest party that never happened". There is an ongoing investigation into what happened to the $26 million invested in the failed event, with its founder Billy McFarland currently serving a six-year prison sentence for numerous counts of fraud, including for his part in the Bahamian debacle.

Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber and Emily Ratajkowski are among those expected to face subpoenas over millions of dollars made in payments to models and influencers to promote it over social media, thus inspiring thousands of people to buy tickets worth between $5,000 and $250,000 (Dh18,000 and Dh920,000).

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Updated: February 13, 2019 12:53 PM

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