Will Ferrell & Adam McKay Create Banner for Female-Driven Projects
by Ethan Anderton
February 12, 2014
While Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are better known for the male-centric comedies like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (and last year's sequel), Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, the producing duo and their Gary Sanchez Productions banner also delivered the indie comedy hit Bachelorette. That film's producer and Gary Sanchez executive Jessica Elbaum has come up with a new division at the company dedicated to female-driven projects in film and television. This new endeavor will appropriately be named Gloria Sanchez Productions, and it couldn't be a better time.
With shows like "New Girl" and "Broad City" making a splash, and Paul Feig finding great success with comedies like The Heat and Bridesmaids. Even outside of the comedy realm, franchises like The Hunger Games and Divergent are proving the audiences are hungry for female leads. Ferrell says (via The Wrap), "When Jessica came to us with this idea, we thought it was fantastic. She has worked with some of the great female voices in comedy and has proven herself as a gifted producer who has a keen eye for material.”
It'll help that this division has a home at one of the best places for comedy in the industry right now. We're hoping the gestating romantic comedy He's F**king Perfect will come to fruition under this new banner. It would be a great way to kick-off Gloria Sanchez Productions. Also, for those who don't know, Gary Sanchez Productions is named for a fictional Paraguayan entrepreneur and financier, and on the new division's name, Ferrell said, "We called Gary and he loved the idea as well and asked that we name it after his favorite step Granddaughter, Gloria Sanchez.” Now that's comedy. Thoughts?