Writer/Director Team To Join Mark Wahlberg/Will Ferrell Football Comedy

By AMC April 12, 2012

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell are going to team back up for another movie. The police partners from “The Other Guys” are set to make “Three Mississippi,” the story of a heated neighborhood game of tackle football that has been going on for 50 years.

Now it looks as if the film will have it's writer and director. “Hot Tub Time Machine” scribes Sean Anders and John Morris are in negotiations to rewrite and eventually direct the project for Warner Brothers. Producer Adam Mckay said this about the film:

“It’s about these two rival families from — we’re thinking Philadelphia but we need to check in with Wahlberg and Ferrell and see what kind of accents they want to do. [Laughs] Alec Baldwin is the patriarch of one of the families, and Wahlberg is his son. He saw the Kennedys playing football on their front lawn at Thanksgiving, and boom, that’s it: “Anything the Kennedys do, we’re doing.” His family starts playing the other family that lives across the park from them. Over the years, Baldwin’s family hasn’t done too well — they own a crappy little bar in town — while the other family, which Will’s character eventually becomes the patriarch of, becomes really successful. The game gets nastier and nastier as the years go on, and Ferrell’s family starts just destroying the other family. After a massive heart attack, Baldwin’s character’s dying wish is that his estranged son, Mark, take over the game and finally win one. So Wahlberg has to put this ramshackle, convict, gambling-addict family back together again and beat the richies. The whole spirit of it is that it’s just a giant, fun ensemble comedy. We want to populate it with people we love. There’s a funny subplot with Rob Riggle where he’s a gay cousin that Wahlberg’s family sort of turned their backs on but he played football at Fresno State and they need him. We’re going to try to get Jeremy Renner to play an ex-con. The idea is to bring in, like, 15 people that we love in and just do a big, funny holiday movie.”

Sounds like a good time! We'll keep you updated on the progress of the film. Wahlberg is currently in Miami shooting Michael Bay's “Pain and Gain” with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

Source: THR

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