Will Ferrell-Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions and Bron Studios today set casting for Welcome To Me to be directed by Shira Piven (Fully Loaded) from a screenplay by Eliot Laurence. The dramatic comedy will star Kristen Wiig as Alice who suffers from dissociative personality disorder and wins the lottery only to spend her money on a cable access talk show about herself. Her desire to be famous alienates friends and family in the process. Wiig appears in the upcoming McKay-helmed Anchorman: The Legend Continues opposite Ferrell. Co-starring in Welcome To Me are Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Robbins, and Linda Cardellini (Mad Men).
Turner Entertainment seems to try hardest to make advertisers laugh at its upfront presentation — and generally succeeded this time with help from Will Ferrell, Conan O’Brien, and TBS newcomer Pete Holmes. In a recorded routine, Ferrell said that he had bought the company and with his background in comedy “I couldn’t care less” about networks including CNN, TNT, and TruTv. Since “I like to mess around with my new toys,” he introduced the new boss: Charles Barkley. The former NBA star said that since “I’m in charge now” viewers would be “seeing a lot more Charles Barkley” — cutting to clips from Turner shows that insert him into the action. “This is the kind of bold thinking I was hoping for,” Ferrell said. “With me as CEO of Turner, and Charles, can you really go wrong?”
HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 9, 2013) – Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., announced today that Vince Vaughn has been cast in the comedy “DADDY’S HOME,” directed by Etan Cohen and starring Will Ferrell. The film is set to begin production in early fall 2013. The film, written by Brian Burns and Adam McKay & Chris Henchy and Cohen, is the story of a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad ever to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling, freeloading real father (Vaughn) arrives, forcing stepdad to compete for the affection of the kids. Ferrell and McKay will produce through Gary Sanchez Productions, along with Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane through Good Universe, whose Matt Leonetti and Spencer Wong will co-produce. Gary Sanchez’s Henchy and Jessica Elbaum will executive produce. Vaughn is represented by CAA.
Will Ferrell was accepting the Comedic Genius Award at tonight’s MTV Movie Awards. Suddenly he had company onstage – Parks & Recreation‘s co-star Aubrey Plaza. She ran up and tried to wrestle the award out of Ferrell’s hands. Apparently, it was to hype her own upcoming movie – the August comedy from CBS Films, The To-Do List – whose title was written across her chest. MTV later claimed the incident was unplanned and that the MTV Movie Awards producers kicked her off the Sony Pictures lot where the show was being held. Backstage, Ferrell told MTV: “It was just a lot of liquor breath.” Well, Aubrey does call herself @evilhag on Twitter. Here’s video of the mayhem:
EXCLUSIVE: After collaborating on Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, the movie’s writer/director Tommy Wirkola and production company Gary Sanchez are reteaming, this time on the TV side. Norwegian filmmaker Wirkola and Gary Sanchez’s Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have set up a half-hour project at Showtime.
The untitled dark comedy, now in development, is based on the 2012 Norwegian half-hour series, Hellfjord, which Wirkola created and produced with his partners Kjetil Omberg, Terje Strømstad and Stig Frode Henriksen through their Tappeluft Pictures. Wirkola, Henriksen, and Zahid Ali, the writers on the original seven-episode series, will also write the Showtime adaptation. Wirkola will direct the potential pilot and will executive produce with Ferrell and McKay. Described as in the vein of Hot Fuzz and Twin Peaks with a Nordic noir twist, Hellfjord centers on a disgraced Oslo police officer (Ali) who, after a freak horse accident, is banished to serve out his last three months on the force in the remote and strange fishing town of Hellfjord. (watch trailer below) There are no plans for Ali and Henriksen, who co-starred on the original series, to act in the American adaptation. With strong attendance overseas, revisionist fairy tale Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, just crossed …
EXCLUSIVE: New Line has set Jesse Andrews to adapt Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course In Getting His Kid Into College, an adaptation of the Andrew Ferguson book that is being fashioned as a star vehicle for Will Ferrell by producers Gary Sanchez and Kevin Misher. Andrews wrote the Black List script Me, Earl And The Dying Girl, which he adapted from his own novel. Dan Fogelman is producing that one Indian Paintbrush is financing, and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is directing for a fall start.
Misher Films’ Kevin Misher will produce with Gary Sanchez’s Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum. The book is about one father’s adventures trying to brave the cutthroat competition to get his son accepted into the perfect college. Obsessed with keeping his son from making that one wrong step that could dash the youth’s dreams, dad tries to get an audience with the most sought after and expensive private college consultant in the country, insinuates himself in helping his son past the SATs, and all the campus tours and stressful admissions interviews, all culminating in waiting for the fat envelope that will determine success or failure in getting into an elite school that will siphon off all dad’s savings.
Andrews is repped by WME and MXN.
MTV announced today that Will Ferrell will be the first-ever recipient of the Comedic Genius Award, created to honor an actor who has “provided a major influence through their work” and “transformed the genre.” MTV president Stephen Friedman quoted Ferrell’s Anchorman character Ron Burgundy when he said, “Simply put, Will Ferrell is ‘kind of a big deal’.” Rebel Wilson will host the MTV Movie Awards which air on April 14 at 9:00PM ET from the Sony lot in Culver City.
Here I thought that the only objectionable Super Bowl spit-swapping commercial was the Go-Daddy.com spot highlighted by Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli’s smooch session with that computer nerd Walter! There was another Super Bowl spot with another famous person playing tonsil hockey with an unlikely partner that aired during the Big Game. But the spot that Will Ferrell made for Old Milwaukee beer was regional and so it likely gagged far fewer people than the Go-Daddy national spot. Below, check out Will Ferrell, who seems to have saved his outfit from 2008 hoops film Semi-Pro just for the occasion. As for the Go-Daddy spot, forget Ravens QB Joe Flacco and his MVP trophy, the big Super Bowl winner was that nerdy dude Walter. Here was a guy who didn’t look like he could throw a spiral to save his life–he actually looked like he had never been outside–in full make-out mode with one of the world’s most gorgeous women, on one of the most watched TV programs in history. Which of these Super Bowl make-out sessions is harder to watch? You decide. Oh, the humanity:
NBC today added three more single-camera comedy pilots to its roster, including projects produced by Greg Daniels and the duo of Will Ferrell & Adam McKay. The Office boss Daniels and his Deedle Dee Prods have had a very active development season with a half-dozen projects landing at NBC and Fox. The one that got the nod at NBC today is an untitled half-hour written by The Office‘s Robert Padnick. The other two pilot slots went to Assistance, from writer Leslye Headland and Ferrell and McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods, and Donor Party, from writer Alex Schemmer and producer Geyer Kosinski.
This marks Gary Sanchez’s first pilot order under the company’s deal with Universal TV where Deedle Dee is also based. All three pilots hail from NBC’s sister studio, with Lionsgate TV co-producing Donor Party. This is Lionsgate’s second consecutive comedy pilot at NBC, following last year’s Next Caller, which went to series but was ultimately shelved. The trio of pilots join recently picked up About A Boy, also single-camera, and multi-camera comedy Joe, Joe & Jane. Here are details about the newly picked up pilots:
Paramount has announced the wide release date for the sequel to the 2004 Will Ferrell-starring comedy: December 20, 2013. Anchorman: The Legend Continues brings back Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner and was announced in March. Paramount took over from DreamWorks, which did the first film, after DreamWorks departed the studio. Anchorman 2 will be produced under Judd Apatow’s banner with Ferrell’s and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions.
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros is negotiating to acquire Get Hard, a comedy pitch package that will be developed as a star vehicle for Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. The plan is for Ferrell to play a rich, soft-handed investment bank manager who is sentenced to a maximum security prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He hires the streetwise guy who normally washes his car to get him ready to do hard time in the 30 days before he has to report to prison.
The script will be written by Ian Roberts & Jay Martel, who are currently executive producers and showrunners on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele. Gary Sanchez is attached to produce.
EXCLUSIVE: Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman and Alison Brie have joined Warner Bros and Village Roadshow’s Lego feature film. They join Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett and Morgan Freeman in the 3D animated pic, which is set for a February 7, 2014 release. The plot follows Emmet (Pratt), an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant. Ferrell will play Emmet’s primary adversary, President Business; Neeson is the president’s powerful henchman, Bad Cop; Offerman is a craggy, swaggering pirate obsessed with revenge on President Business; and Brie is a member of Emmet’s team with a powerful secret.
Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street) are directing from their original screenplay — with story by Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman and Phil Lord & Christopher Miller — based on the kids toy line. Lin Pictures and Vertigo Entertainment are behind the pic; Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing.
Now that the election is behind us, we’re posting a handful of Obama endorsements from the Hollywood set. Enjoy.
Harvey Weinstein and Bradley Cooper’s Hindsight:
EXCLUSIVE: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods. have sold a single-camera comedy to NBC to be written by rising young scribe Lauryn Kahn. Universal Television, where Gary Sanchez is under a deal, is producing. Titled I Guess I Do, the comedy centers around a sham green card marriage between a womanizing British celebrity trainer and a psychology grad student who is using her new husband as the subject for her dissertation on the modern male. Ferrell and McKay will executive produce the project, which has received a script commitment from the network.
I Guess I Do expands Kahn’s relationship with Gary Sanchez Prods. where she started out as McKay’s assistant. Noticing her comedic potential, he encouraged her to take improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade. Kahn then began writing, directing and performing videos on Ferrell and McKay’s comedy Web site FunnyorDie.com. Last year, her debut feature script, comedy He’s F*cking Perfect, sparked a bidding frenzy, landing at Fox 2000 in a $1 million deal, with Gary Sanchez producing and Emma Stone circling the lead.
EXCLUSIVE: Justin Theroux has been set to rewrite and direct Swear To God, a Warner Bros comedy that will star Will Ferrell and Steve Carell. They are looking to get this one into production next July. Gary Sanchez is producing.
Theroux, who scripted Tropic Thunder and who wrote with an eye to direct Zoolander 2, will helm a two-hander comedy in which Ferrell will play a narcissistic hedge fund manager who thinks he has seen God. Ferrell would make the film after he reprises local newscaster Ron Burgundy in the Anchorman sequel.
This is a surprise in that Warner Bros doesn’t usually spark to new directors, but they have embraced Theroux, who will be rewriting a script by Due Date scribes Alan Cohen and Alan Freedland. Adam McKay and Ferrell and Chris Henchy will produce this for Gary Sanchez. This comes as the label tomorrow releases the Jay Roach-directed The Campaign, starring Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis with Warner Bros.
Carell is just opening alongside Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones in Hope Springs. He also stars in the Lorene Scafaria-directed Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, and has reprised voicing Gru in Despicable Me 2. He also stars opposite Jim Carrey in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Ferrell …
The Bridesmaids rip-offs were inevitable. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay through their Gary Sanchez productions just released the red band trailer for Bachelorette starring Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, and James Marsden. Written by ex-Harvey Weinstein assistant Leslye Headland (FX’s Terriers), the low-budget indie generated some buzz at Sundance earlier this year and hits theaters September 7th:
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis swung by The Daily Show to promote their new political comedy The Campaign opening August 10th – and Jon Hamm had to intervene.
A teaser for Paramount Pictures‘ sequel to Anchorman will go up with prints of the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Dictator. Why, Ron Burgundy himself just tweeted it. Here it is, verbatim: ”Dont get Twirter. Anchorman2 teaser w Dictator tom night. Dont know what a teaser is. World is crazy? Having a scotch. pic.twitter.com/3Iw2Fa9T.”