Jay Roach Directing Galifianakis and Ferrell in Political Comedy
As if there wasn't enough hilarity on screen when Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis have their own separate films, now the two hilarious actors are teaming up for a political comedy from director Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents). Deadline has a brief report that a new pitch is being shopped around to studios this week that would see Galifianakis and Ferrell as two candidates running in the 2012 presidential election. Deadline sites the fact that a female candidate would make the film more relevant, but Tina Fey is probably busy. Considering political comedies have been mostly lacking aside from In the Loop, this sounds great.
Jay Roach is no stranger to the world of politics on film since he also directed the dramatic HBO film Recount, the Emmy-winning film about the fluctuating 2000 election results between Al Gore and George W. Bush. This will likely be a little lighter on the drama and have less of a message/lesson for viewers. Apparently plenty of studios are interested, and considering the two lead actors are two of the most popular comedy actors working today, I'm betting the story will find a home very soon. But the question remains as to who will write the screenplay. We'll try to keep you posted as this project develops. Interested?