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.