Adam McKay Now Directing Ferrell & Wahlberg in 'Three Mississippi'
When we initially heard about this comedy, The Other Guys stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg were reuniting with Adam McKay, but the filmmaker was only going to produce the comedy, even after detailing the plot recently. However, Vulture is reporting that McKay has now stepped up to direct Three Mississippi (formerly known as Turkey Bowl) which has Ferrell and Wahlberg playing guys from football-obsessed towns who lead rival teams in an annual tackle football game for bragging and trash-talking rights. And if all goes well, this will be McKay's next project with a 2012 Thanksgiving release date being planned.
Previously, McKay detailed the comedy, including mentioning Alec Baldwin joining the cast, like this:
"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."
In addition, he's said the presence of the two teams allows for plenty of cameos and supporting roles for plenty of comedians to join the project. McKay has already said Rob Riggle will join in, and he's even hoping to snag Jeremy Renner for a role. Either way, having McKay back with Ferrell and Wahlberg in the form of a football comedy sounds like a lot of fun. Personally, I love The Other Guys, but even if some didn't you can't deny McKay Ferrell's comedy track record with hilarious films like Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Step Brothers. And to answer the standard Monday night question, yes, I'm ready for some football.