When Fyre Festival epically failed at producing the most hyped music festival on Instagram in the spring of 2017 it became one of the biggest memes of the decade. The festival, organized by Billy McFarland with Ja Rule as the face of the whole affair, was heavily advertised on Instagram for months prior to the event. When thousands of people purchased tickets to the VIP experience, the festival didn’t want to admit that it had taken on more than it could handle. The whole thing was a massive failure, and attendees were stuck on the Bahamian island location for days once the organizers fled the scene. Now, Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island have announced that they’re creating a parody film about the whole ordeal.
In the wake of the ordeal, both Netflix and Hulu released documentaries about what happened at the end of 2018. The documentaries showed the behind the scenes happenings that led up to the event and how it had happened. The Hulu documentary highlighted that this wasn’t McFarland’s first scam. McFarland had opened a private credit card club called Magnesis a couple of years ago. Magnesis program provided private, VIP access to events and parties around New York City.
Despite the fact that thousands of people were left stranded on an island with nothing but bagged salads to keep them alive, it’s still too amusing to look away from. There’s something oddly cathartic about seeing all of the people who have the lives you wish you lived suffering from their own success. Maybe this is why we can’t stop consuming information about Fyre Festival, or maybe we’re all just way too interested because we wished we were able to go.
The Lonely Island
When reports from the festival began popping up from attendees that the whole thing appeared to be some sort of scam, Seth Rogen tweeted that he and The Lonely Island were creating a film with the same sort of premise. The Lonely Island, which comprises SNL alumni Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. The group was famous long before their work for Saturday Night Live. They really garnered success with the release of music videos like “D*ck In A Box” and “I’m On A Boat” which aired on SNL. The group confirmed via twitter that it was working on a film with Seth Rogen about a failed music festival.
No word yet about when the alleged film will be released. But now that the news has been announced fans will want to see something sooner rather than later. Fyre Festival’s organizer Billy McFarland is currently in jail for wire fraud. The charges surround money transfers that were made during the planning of the festival. McFarland was featured in the Hulu documentary but has not made additional comments about the festival. Akiva confirmed in a recent interview that the tweets about the film are true: the film will be coming into fruition.
Julia Sachs is a staff writer at Grit Daily. She covers tech, entrepreneurship and entertainment news and is based in Park City, Utah.