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SNL 1975 Film In the Works

February 3, 2024

Director Jason Reitman has announced that a new film about the debut episode of Saturday Night Live is in the works. Most of the cast, including all the “not-ready-for-prime-time players,” has been announced, and you can see them on the People website. I don’t see mentioned yet who will be playing Michael O’Donoghue, who was head writer for the show from 1975-78 and also appeared in the first “cold opening” of the show with John Belushi.

Many of the writers and performers of the show had also worked on the National Lampoon Radio Hour (1974) and on National Lampoon comedy albums, as well as National Lampoon magazine itself. These included writers Michael O’Donoghue and Anne Beatts, and performers John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and Gilda Radner.

It will be interesting to compare the cast of this to the cast of the 2018 Doug Kenney biopic A Stupid and Futile Gesture, which features some of the same people played by different actors.

(Thanks to Al for the tip!)


A small note - if the People article is correct, it looks like the film was announced by Jason Reitman (Ivan Reitman's son).


February 5, 2024 9:33 pm

Oops! You're right. I'll fix it.


February 5, 2024 9:39 pm

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