Fresh off winning Oscars for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture for the race relations drama Green Book, filmmaker Peter Farrelly has settled on his next project. Per Variety, Farrelly will next direct an adaptation of the Joanna Molloy and John “Chickie” Donohue book The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A True Story of Friendship Stronger Than War, which chronicles how Donohue left New York in 1967 to head over to Vietnam and bring his friends messages of support—and beer—in the face of anti-war protestors and low morale.
Green Book co-writer Brian Currie and Pete Jones (Hall Pass) will co-write the script alongside Farrelly, while Skydance Productions will produce the film. Farrelly directed Green Book solo after his brother, Bobby Farrelly, suffered a family tragedy, and it sounds like he’ll be continuing on solo for The Greatest Beer Run Ever. Farrelly was better known for silly gross-out comedies like There’s Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber before Green Book, which surmounted controversy after controversy to score the big prize at this year’s Oscars.
Those who found Green Book’s exploration of race relations to be surface-level at best will likely not be thrilled to see Farrelly is next tackling the Vietnam War through the lens of what could possibly be seen as an anti-protestor message. It’s unclear what Farrelly’s take on the material is, but the book is described thusly:
In 1967, John (Chick) Donohue was a 26-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran working as a merchant seaman when he was challenged one night in a New York City bar. The men gathered at this hearth had lost family and friends in the ongoing war in Vietnam. Now, they were seeing protesters turn on the troops. One neighborhood patriot proposed an idea many might deem preposterous: One of them should sneak into Vietnam, track down their buddies in combat, and give each of them messages of support from back home, maybe some laughs – and beer.
Chick volunteered for the mission. He sailed to Vietnam on a cargo ship carrying a backpack full of American beer, landing in Qui Nho’n in 1968. Things went awry when Chick got caught in the Tet Offensive, starting in the early hours as an eyewitness to the battle to retake the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, where he became stuck for months.
It’ll certainly be interesting to see what Farrelly’s angle on this material is, and how it’s received. Will Green Book be a one-and-done, or will he be back in the Oscar race once this movie gets made? We’ll surely find out.