Richard Linklater to Direct Ferrell & Galifianakis in 'Larry's Kidney'
Following yesterday's news that a documentary about the career of Richard Linklater was in the works, the filmmaker has a new project of his own on the way The Wrap has word that Linklater, who sees his coming-of-age epic Boyhood arrive this summer, will direct a reteaming of The Campaign stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in an adaptation of Larry's Kidney, a humorous memoir by Daniel Asa Rose. We get an idea of the story with the full title: True Story of How I Found Myself in China with My Black Sheep Cousin & His Mail-Order Bride, Skirting the Law to Get Him a Transplant--and Save His Life.
This sounds like the kind of darker, but still hilarious comedy that Linklater delivered in Bernie, where Jack Black gave an award worthy performance in a very competitive year. You couldn't ask for two better stars to bring this story to life since Ferrell has turned in some amazing dramatic and comedic performances in Stranger Than Fiction and Everything Must Go, and Galifianakis needs more roles that allow him to stretch his acting chops like It's Kind of a Funny Story (or the forthcoming period drama Tulip Fever and Michel Hazanavicius' Will). There's no projected start date for the film, but we'll be keeping our eyes on this one.