Will Ferrell never lacks for another project, and now he has another comedy on his plate. According to Deadline, Ferrell has signed on to produce and star in The House, which was written by Neighbors screenwriters Brendan O’Brien and Andrew J. Cohen with the latter directing. New Line has set a $40 million budget for the film, which is a lot for a comedy, but they’re hoping to see the same return Universal got from Neighbors, which was $268 million worldwide from an $18 million budget.
Ferrell will play a father who opens an illegal casino in the suburbs with his neighbors after he and wife blow their daughter’s college fund. It sounds like a fun premise, especially if they can get a talented comic actress to play opposite Ferrell. One of Neighbors greatest strengths was casting Rose Byrne, who easily matched (and sometimes surpassed) co-star Seth Rogen.
New Line wants to start filming in August for a summer 2016, so this project is on the fast-track, especially when you consider all of Ferrell’s other commitments. In the past year, he’s signed on to star in a film about competitive Shakespeare companies, Larry’s Kidney with Zach Galifianakis, the fish-out-of-water comedy The Yank, reunite with John C. Reilly for Border Guards, and do the tennis film Match Maker. Interestingly, none of these are dramas, so it appears that Ferrell is only willing to dip his toe in that genre every so often.
Of course, some of these movies might be stuck in development hell, but it’s clear that Ferrell is always in high demand. He’ll next be seen in the comedy Get Hard opposite Kevin Hart, and has wrapped filming on James Franco‘s Zeroville and the comedy Daddy’s Home with Mark Wahlberg. He’s also attached to reprise his role as Mugatu in Zoolander 2, which is slated to go in front of cameras this year.