Ever since Jack Black punted Will Ferrell’s dog off a bridge in Anchorman, tensions have remained high between the two comedic veterans. Not really. But they haven’t had an opportunity to work together since then. That’s all about to change with New Line’s Tag Brothers, a comedy pitch based on a real life occurrence. A Wall Street Journal article chronicled the shenanigans of a Spokane, Washington group of friends whose long-running game of tag soon became the subject of national attention. Now in their 40s, they devote every February to a game of tag that stretches across the country. Hit the jump for more.
The Wrap reports that Ferrell and Black will star in Tag Brothers contingent upon the screenplay. That responsibility falls to Mark Steilen, who previously wrote and directed 1999’s The Settlement. Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez and Black’s Electric Dynamite production banners might get invovled should the duo officially sign on. Two more male leads are expected for the picture, bringing the total taggers to four. The game of tag itself escalates beyond simple schoolyard chasing as the friends repeatedly friends break into each other’s homes and workplaces in order to avoid being “It.”
Steilen also has his family comedy Time Share in the hands of Sony and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment, while his rock ‘n roll movie Born to Rock is in active development at Paramount. Black recently starred in the crime dramedy Bernie, for which his performance earned positive reviews, while Ferrell is in the midst of filming the highly-anticipated Anchorman sequel.