Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to Star in Sony Pictures Comedy, BORDER GUARDS; Adam McKay May Direct

     April 15, 2014

Will Ferrell John C. Reilly Border Guards

The stars of Step Brothers and Talladega Nights are back!  Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are set to reunite on screen in Border Guards, a new Sony Pictures comedy that Adam McKay is eyeing to direct.  The picture would see Ferrell and Reilly as two incompetent border guards who get stranded in Mexico and have to sneak back across the border.  While the the reunion of the comedic trio is cause for celebration in its own right, there’s also word that Sony has set British scribe and Peep Show creator Jesse Armstrong to pen the script.  Hit the jump for more.

will-ferrell-john-c-reilly-border-guardsDeadline reports that Ferrell and Reilly are expected to play the title roles of Border Guards, with McKay contemplating the director’s chair.  Here’s the logline:

Ferrell and Reilly play two hapless but earnest friends who decide to give purpose to their lives by protecting America’s borders from illegal immigrants. In the process they find themselves accidentally stranded in Mexico without identification and must sneak back into the USA.

Before you start spinning up a yarn about how Border Guards, Step Brothers, and Talladega Nights all somehow appear in the same universe, this new film isn’t expected to tie in to their previous efforts in any way, except for the fact that they all work so well together.  Armstrong is the wild card here, but anyone who’s a fan of the humor in Peep Show, The Thick of It, and the crime comedy feature Four Lions will assert that the writer surely knows how to handle the genre.

Ferrell and Reilly most recently appeared together in McKay’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.  Ferrell, McKay, and Kevin Messick will produce Border Guards through Gary Sanchez Productions, while Michael De Luca and Jonathan Kadin will oversee for Sony.


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