Will Ferrell Bets 'The House' in Comedy from 'Neighbors' Writers
The writing duo behind last summer's comedy sensation Neighbors are doing pretty well for themselves right now. Brendan O'Brien and Andrew J. Cohen have their script Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates getting produced with Zac Efron and Adam DeVine in the lead roles, and now Deadline reports another one of their scripts has just been picked up by New Line after a heated auction to grab it took place. The comedy is called The House and already has Will Ferrell slated to star in the film that will also mark the feature directorial debut of Cohen. New Line will make the film for $40 million with shooting beginning in August.
So what's the story? The film will follow Ferrell (who is also producing through Gary Sanchez Productions) as a husband who, along with his wife, blows their daughter's college fund. Desperate to get the money back so they don't ruin her dreams, they team up with the neighborhood to open an illegal casino, right in the middle of the suburbs. Sounds like an amusing enough premise, and after being very well entertained by neighbors, I have confidence in Cohen and O'Brien as writers, and I'm interested to see what the former can do as a director as well. The film is eyeing a release sometime in the summer of 2016, which is also when the sequel to Neighbors will be arriving in theaters as well. Sound funny?