Will Ferrell Cast in Dan Rush's Indie 'Everything Must Go'
by Alex Billington
October 16, 2009
Finally, a Will Ferrell movie I'm actually excited about again! Variety says Ferrell has been cast in a $10 million independently financed comedy called Everything Must Go. The project will be the directional debut of commercials director Dan Rush, who also wrote the script based on a Raymond Carver short story. Ferrell will play a guy who loses his job and gets locked out of his house by his wife. She puts all of his belongings on the front lawn, and he spends the next four days trying to sell off his possessions, hence "Everything Must Go." Sounds like it'll be a good, funny story. And I'm glad it's not a studio production.
Rush is known for directing humorous commercials, and while he has been offered movie development deals, he turned them down and instead tried to write a film for himself to direct. Everything Must Go, his first screenplay, was featured on the Black List in 2008, which got him meetings with lea actors. Ferrell was impressed by his meetings with Rush and signed on for a project that will be funded with private equity. "Will is one of the best at making an audience sympathize with a character's ordeal, and the blending and comedy in this script will show a side of him that we haven't really seen before," said producer Marty Bowen.
Look for Everything Must Go sometime next year. I'm hoping it shows up at a film festival as well, as that would really give this project a chance to shine without going the studio route (at least until it gets picked up). After all of his recent crap like Land of the Lost, I'm so glad Ferrell is going back to do an indie film.