Adam Sandler Replacing Mark Wahlberg in 'Three Mississippi' Comedy
by Ethan Anderton
May 31, 2012
Last month we heard that Adam McKay finally being able to get Anchorman: The Legend Continues off the ground meant that he would no longer be directing the football comedy Three Mississippi starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in the story of a feud between two families over an annual Thanksgiving touch football game that has existed for 50 years. McKay has been replaced by That's My Boy director Sean Anders (also rewriting the film with co-director John Morris), and they're bringing Adam Sandler with him who Vulture says will replace Wahlberg on the comedy due to a couple reasons that came up recently.
Back in February we heard about Wahlberg being involved in Peter Berg's next film Lone Survivor that's based on the memoir of Marcus Luttrell about how the Navy SEAL becomes the lone survivor after an ambush in Afghanistan. Initially Universal was financing and distributing the film, but then Battleship bombed, and the studio decided it would only distribute. The film found funding somewhere else with Emmet/Furla Films picking up the check, but they only agreed to do so if Wahlberg made the project his next film. And now that leaves him unable to fit into the schedule for Three Mississippi, ready to shoot around this fall, and Ferrell apparently didn't want to wait another year to get the project off the ground.
This is disappointing for a number of reasons. First, while it's interesting to finally have Sandler (returning to football again after The Waterboy) and Ferrell do a comedy together for the first time, the former funnyman just doesn't deliver great comedy anymore. Second, one of the driving points behind this film was reuniting Wahlberg with Alec Baldwin, who was also going to star in the film, because the two had such great rapport in The Departed. And finally, Wahlberg and Ferrell were a great team in The Other Guys, and not having them reunite for another comedy is a bit of a drag, especially with Adam McKay only producing now. Oh well. Maybe this will turn out all right after all. Stay tuned.