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Seth Rogen and the Lonely Island are Working on Fyre Festival-Like Movie

Matt Winkelmeyer / Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images
Matt Winkelmeyer / Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images

As news of the debacle at the Fyre Festival spread throughout the internet yesterday, we learned that Seth Rogen and Andy Samberg‘s comedy hip-hop group the Lonely Island have been working on a film about a disastrous music festival. And more information about the behind-the-scenes disorganization in the Bahamas surfaced.

Rogen and the Lonely Island traded tweets that revealed an upcoming project that could find some inspiration in the Fyre Festival disaster. “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, causing the Lonely Island to counter with, “For real, thinking about suing #FyreFestival for stealing our idea.”

Meanwhile, at New York, talent producer Chloe Gordon described the four days in March she spent on Great Exhuma trying to coordinate the logistics necessary to bring the artists to the Bahamas. They were so disorganized, she said, that they didn’t even think to make her sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Arriving at the festival site, she saw “a development lot covered in gravel with a few tractors scattered around. There was not enough space to build all the tents and green rooms they would need. … Nothing had been done. Festival vendors weren’t in place, no stage had been rented, transportation had not been arranged.”

Nonetheless, she put her head down and began calling the acts’ tour managers to work on the travel plans, only to find out that nobody had been paid yet. All her attempts over the next few days to get the money to the artists were fruitless. Without the necessary funds to bring everything together in time, it became obvious to nearly everybody that it would be best to postpone the festival until next year. But a person on the marketing team said, “Let’s just do it and be legends, man.”

“This whole thing was playing out as a hilarious disaster,” she wrote, but that changed on Friday, when many members of the production team got fired. She was spared, although she was told that she would have to take a one-third reduction in pay, and that the artists still weren’t getting paid. Instead, she quit, returned to her New York home and admitted that she felt no small degree of schandefreude as she read about all the problems yesterday.

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