Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, and Adam McKay Developing HBO Series for Rob Riggle

     May 14, 2012

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Mark Wahlberg, Adam McKay, and Will Ferrell are gearing up to bring Daily Show alum and prolific bit-part player Rob Riggle to HBO. McKay and Ferrell (producers of the network’s black comedy Eastbound and Down) and Wahlberg (producer of seemingly everything else on HBO) will team with Riggle and fellow Eastbound producer Chris Henchy to develop a 1980s-set Wall Street comedy that Riggle will star in. He’ll be playing a successful bonds trader who, one assumes, will prove to be not unlike Kenny Powers in his repulsive yet enthralling overall approach to life. Hit the jump for more.

rob-riggle-hbo-seriesPer Deadline, the seed for this collaboration was planted a few years ago, when Riggle co-starred with Wahlberg and Ferrell in The Other Guys, which, of course, Adam McKay directed and Henchy co-wrote. They’ve been looking for an opportunity like this one ever since. Riggle also had a development deal in place with the network.

I’ve been a fan of Riggle’s since he first popped up on The Daily Show, and since then he’s turned in scene-stealing supporting performances in numerous projects, including The Hangover (the cop with the taser), 21 Jump Street (the gym teacher), as well as Talladega Nights and Step Brothers (both of which he collaborated with Ferrell and McKay on). Moreover, he’s been bouncing around the airwaves with guest spots on some of TV’s top comedies, including The Office, 30 Rock, Happy Endings, and American Dad.

If it does ultimately make it to production, this project will mark his first real turn as a lead and I’m rooting for him to pull it off. He demonstrates an almost Ferrell-like commitment to his over the top characters, and more often than not, I find myself enjoying the end result.

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