From HitFix -
"But what I never knew until last month was that in 1990, there was an attempt to make an actual theatrical release called "The Saturday Night Live Movie," an anthology comedy film a la "Kentucky Fried Movie" that was aimed at satirizing the experience of going to the movies, written by an all-star cast of writers who have been associated with the show over the years.
How did I learn of the project's existence?
The best way possible: the script landed on my desk."
McWeeny gives a run down of the sketches and their writers in the anthology film -
- Welcome To The Movies" by Conan O'Brien, Robert Smigel, and Greg Daniels
- "Young Bush At Yale" by Jim Downey, Al Franken, and Robert Smigel
- "Cineplex" by Robert Smigel, Conan O'Brien, and Greg Daniels
- "Appeal #1" by Jim Downey and Al Franken
- "Romance" by Al Franken and Tom Davis
- "Crack Rap" by Al Franken and Tom Davis
- "Appeal #2" by Jim Downey and Al Franken
- "Dad's Car" by Robert Smigel, Conan O'Brien and Greg Daniels
- "Bum Piss Canyon/Apology" by Tom Davis, Jim Downey, and Al Franken
- "Appeal #3" by Jim Downey and Al Franken
- "E.T.'s" by Greg Daniels, Robert Smigel, Jim Downey, and Conan O'Brien
- "On The Farm" by Robert Smigel, Conan O'Brien, Greg Daniels, and Al Franken
- "Wonderful Life" by Jim Downey and Al Franken
- "Tip Stealer" by George Meyer
- "Movie's Over" by Conan O'Brien, Robert Smigel, and Greg Daniels
- "Blooper Credits" by Conan O'Brien and Jim Downey
Look at the calibre of the writers involved in the project.Conan, Daniels, Downey, Davis & Franken, Meyer, Smigel - it reads like a Who's Who of comedy. In the article, McWeeny mentions that he has been unsuccessful in his attempts to get somebody to talk about the conception of the project and why it was never produced. I personally love the idea of a sketch movie and surely a film with the words, "Saturday Night Live" in the title would be a runaway success.
Read the article here and you can see McWeeny's thoughts on some of the sketches. It's a super-fascinating read and makes me nostalgic for what might have been had the SNL movie been produced.