They’ve been trying to make The Saturday Night Live Movie since 1990, and I think I’ve cracked it (in film speak – I’ve broke it). Here’s the pitch:
Film Title: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVES
Opening Scene: It’s 1:01am on Sunday, just after an episode of SNL has finished taping. Everyone is congratulating each other and the guests on a great show.
Seth Meyers stands off on the side, alone, ignored. In this reality, Seth Meyers is the character he plays for Weekend Update – his real name (in the film) is Geth Pliers. Current cast members pass by Geth as he tries to make a joke (“We’re only live on Saturday Night for a half hour. We should change it to Some Saturday Night and Some Sunday Morning Live.”), but no one interacts with him.
He retires to his office (which is stall in a restroom) and is happy to find that he’s finally received a response from a woman named Standra Dee Light (Cecily Strong) on a dating website. He takes to the hallways in excitement and runs into Bobby Moynihan and Kenan Thompson on their way to the after-party. They tell Geth that she’s probably a fake and that he’s getting catfished. Geth plans to meet Standra that night at an apartment party anyway.
The Setup: Meanwhile, on the top of buildings across the city, cell phone towers begin exploding, and inter-dimensional beings called Vitargs emerge through a portal. The first few through immediately discover they’re repulsed by our gravity and fly up into the air. The next wave realizes they must grab things on the roof to stay grounded. They then embark upon entering the buildings through the rooftop entrances. Once inside, they suck out the souls of the rich people in the people in the penthouses, and then they are able to use our gravity. (Insert jokes about rich people having souls and eating the rich.)
The Main Story: It’s a cameo-laden comedy in the guise of a disaster/invasion movie spoof (think: Cloverfield). As Geth takes to the streets to find the one person with which he’s made a connection, he must navigate the crowds of people freaking out because: 1)there’s an alien invasion and 2) there’s no cell phone reception! (Not necessarily in that order, either.)
He finds help in the form of Weekend Update guests like Stefon (Bill Hader) and his Drunk Uncle (Bobby Moynihan). Stefon leads him through the underground club scene which features actual Internet Trolls and literal Catfish behind computers (and maybe Coneheads).
In the end, Standra is indeed whom she claimed to be (The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation with at a Party), and Geth finds true love, the respect of his coworkers, and true friends, all while saving the day.
In a post credit sequence, we learn where Greg (Bill Hader) came from prior to co-hosting Game Time with Dave and Greg: