An exciting team is coming together to bring Larry’s Kidney to the screen. The Wrap reports that Richard Linklater will direct The Campaign stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in an adaptation of Daniel Asa Rose’s memoir Larry’s Kidney, which recounts Rose’s journey to China with his black sheep cousin Larry and his mail order bride in order to save Larry’s life by securing him a kidney transplant. Ferrell will play Rose while Galifianakis will play Larry, and with Linklater at the helm we can probably expect something a tad more thoughtful than a simple outlandish comedy.
This looks to be Linklater’s most “commercial”-sounding film since 2005’s Bad News Bears and 2003’s excellent School of Rock, as he’s been bounding between genres as of late to fantastic results. His last three films are all top-notch (Bernie, Before Midnight, and the upcoming Boyhood), so hopefully he can keep the streak alive with Larry’s Kidney. No word on when production might begin.