When last we reported on the adaptation of Susan Trott’s novel, Flamingo Thief, it was to announce that Will Ferrell (Old School) was set to star. Now, we have word that Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) is in negotiations to direct the bittersweet comedy. The Michael LeSieur (You, Me and Dupree) script made its way onto the 2011 Black List. Faced with the impending loss of his wife and his business, Ferrell would play a lawyer who steals novelty flamingos as a coping mechanism. There’s no timeline being reported for Ferrell’s involvement yet as he’s set to star in Anchorman 2 later this year and will topline Three Mississippi, a football comedy for Warner Bros. Gillespie most recently directed the remake of Fright Night starring Colin Farrell and the TV movie, Trooper. Hit the jump for the synopsis of the Trott novel, Flamingo Thief.
The raunchy and outrageous comedy That’s My Boy tells the story of Donny Berger (Adam Sandler), an aimless loser who knocked up his smoking hot teacher when he was a teenager, and was left to raise their love child even though he was completely unprepared to be a parent. Now, 30 years later, Todd (Andy Samberg) is all grown up and a successful Wall Street executive who hasn’t seen his father in years. But, with Donny owing tens of thousands to the IRS, he figures that tracking down his son will not only give him the chance to ask for the money he needs to stay out of jail, but to also finally bond with his son.
At the film’s press day, writer/director Sean Anders talked to Collider for this exclusive interview about what made Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg the perfect pairing for this film, what he’d like to see on the DVD, and the collaboration he had with Sandler both in reworking the script and on set during filming. He also talked about signing on to write and direct Three Mississippi (with partner John Morris), about two Philadelphia neighbors whose annual Thanksgiving game of tackle football has become extraordinarily heated, the possibility of a Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler pairing for the film, and the status of the Dumb and Dumber sequel with Jim Carrey. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
This weekend is the press junket for the raunchy and outrageous comedy That’s My Boy, in which Adam Sandler plays Donny Berger, the screw-up who became a teenage parent when his smoking hot teacher gave birth to his child while in jail. While Collider was there, we got the opportunity to do an exclusive interview with director Sean Anders (Sex Drive), to talk about his involvement with the film and what he’ll be working on next.
We’ll run what he had to say about collaborating with Adam Sandler and how crazy the improvisation got on set closer to the film’s June 15th release, but we did want to share what he had to say about signing on to write and direct Three Mississippi (with partner John Morris), about two Philadelphia neighbors whose annual Thanksgiving game of tackle football has become extraordinarily heated, the possibility of a Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler pairing for the film, and the status of the Dumb and Dumber sequel with Jim Carrey. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
In April, we reported that Sean Anders and John Morris would direct the football comedy Three Mississippi starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. The plot centers on two Philadelphia neighbors whose annual Thanksgiving game of tackle football has become extraordinarily heated, and the two lead actors would play members of the opposing families with Wahlberg’s team always losing. But today Vulture reports that Wahlberg has dropped out the movie, and now Adam Sandler is in talks to replace him.
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Now that writer/director Adam McKay has an Anchorman sequel to prep, a couple new directors have been set to helm the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy Three Mississippi in his place. THR reports that the team of Sean Anders and John Morris are in negotiations to rewrite and direct the pic, which centers on two Philadelphia neighbors whose annual Thanksgiving game of tackle football has become extraordinarily heated. Ferrell and Wahlberg star as members of the opposing families, and last summer Alec Baldwin and Jeremy Renner were circling roles in the film. No word on their involvement at the moment, but I would love to see Wahlberg and Baldwin team up again.
Anders and Morris are best known for writing Hot Tub Time Machine, She’s Out of My League, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Anders made his directorial debut with 2008’s Sex Drive, and helmed the Adam Sandler/Andy Samberg comedy That’s My Boy which opens this summer. Though it’s sad to see McKay leave the director’s chair on this one, I guess Anchorman 2 is a fair trade. He’ll remain a producer on Three Mississippi, and Warner Bros. hopes to begin production on the film this September.
Opening tomorrow is director Baltasar Kormákur’s crime thriller Contraband. Set in the world of international smuggling, the film stars Mark Wahlberg as a man trying to escape his days as a criminal. When his brother-in-law (Caleb Landry Jones) botches a deal, Wahlberg’s character must settle his brother-in-law’s debt in order to keep him safe from a drug boss (Giovanni Ribisi). The film also stars Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, J.K. Simmons, and Diego Luna.
Last week I was able to get on the phone with Wahlberg for an exclusive interview. During our wide ranging conversation, we talked about the New England Patriots playoff chances (we’re both from New England), how he got involved in Contraband, the action scenes, how he prepares for his roles, and what it was like to film on a real ship. In addition, with Wahlberg involved in so many other projects, he talked about The Fighter sequel, the Entourage movie, working with Adam McKay and Will Ferrell again in Three Mississippi, The Departed sequel, Michael Bay‘s Pain and Gain, Seth MacFarlane‘s Ted, the untitled Basketball movie with Justin Bieber, and a lot more. Hit the jump to read or listen to the interview.
Director Adam McKay is in talks to reunite with The Other Guys co-stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg for the football comedy Three Mississippi. Already on the project as a producer, Vulture reports that McKay is now in negotiations to helm the pic for Warner Bros. Written by Robert Carlock (30 Rock) and Scott Silveri (Friends), Three Mississippi tells the story of two Philadelphia neighbors whose annual Thanksgiving game of tackle football has become extraordinarily heated. In addition to Ferrell and Wahlberg, Three Mississippi also stars Alec Baldwin as Wahlberg’s father and is courting Jeremy Renner for a potential role as well.
Three Mississippi becomes the next in a long line of McKay/Ferrell projects. Yesterday, we reported that Warner Bros. had picked up the duo’s buddy comedy Swear to God from Due Date screenwriters Alan Cohen and Alan Freedland. Of the two, however, it is believed that Three Mississippi will become McKay’s next directorial effort with Warner Bros. hoping to have the pic to moviegoers by Thanksgiving of 2012.
It was reported earlier this week that The Other Guys co-stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg will reunite for Turkey Bowl, a comedy about that revolves around the annual Thanksgiving neighborhood football game. Somehow left out of that report was Alec Baldwin, the man who co-inspired the project. Producer Adam McKay explains:
“The idea was originally conceived for Mark Wahlberg and Alec Baldwin. Owen Burke, who’s a producer at Gary Sanchez, and I were talking about how crazily funny Wahlberg and Baldwin were in The Departed — how, even though it’s not a comedy, we could just watch them all day long. Burke dropped this idea, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s a movie!’ Then Will heard it and he wanted in.”
McKay revealed more about the project, including a more detailed plot synopsis, why they have to rename the movie (the tentative title is Three Mississippi), and how Jeremy Renner might be involved. Read what he had to say after the jump.