Will Ferrell Cast in Dan Rush's Indie 'Everything Must Go'
by Alex Billington
October 16, 2009
Finally, a Will Ferrell movie I'm actually excited about again! Variety says Ferrell has been cast in a $10 million independently financed comedy called Everything Must Go. The project will be the directional debut of commercials director Dan Rush, who also wrote the script based on a Raymond Carver short story. Ferrell will play a guy who loses his job and gets locked out of his house by his wife. She puts all of his belongings on the front lawn, and he spends the next four days trying to sell off his possessions, hence "Everything Must Go." Sounds like it'll be a good, funny story. And I'm glad it's not a studio production.
Rush is known for directing humorous commercials, and while he has been offered movie development deals, he turned them down and instead tried to write a film for himself to direct. Everything Must Go, his first screenplay, was featured on the Black List in 2008, which got him meetings with lea actors. Ferrell was impressed by his meetings with Rush and signed on for a project that will be funded with private equity. "Will is one of the best at making an audience sympathize with a character's ordeal, and the blending and comedy in this script will show a side of him that we haven't really seen before," said producer Marty Bowen.
Look for Everything Must Go sometime next year. I'm hoping it shows up at a film festival as well, as that would really give this project a chance to shine without going the studio route (at least until it gets picked up). After all of his recent crap like Land of the Lost, I'm so glad Ferrell is going back to do an indie film.
Reader Feedback - 15 Comments
Luke on Oct 16, 2009
I agree, the fact that its an indie flick makes me that much more excited. When it comes to a studio, it just feels like the big execs are just being puppet master over Will, putting him in a movie that will most likely bomb. Solid still too.
Nick Sears on Oct 16, 2009
Can't Wait! but where is that image from?
Matt on Oct 16, 2009
I've read this script. It was pretty good and I can definitely see Ferrell in the role.
Mike G. on Oct 16, 2009
Sorry, I meant I can't see him in this role. The whole script relies on this character and he'll be in the movie for 100% of it. Ferrell is going to have to turn in his greatest performance of his career for this one.
Mike G. on Oct 16, 2009
Mike G I think Farrell has that potential, all these dumb comedies he's done have been for fun, and when it coems to something serious he usually wow's us, so I'm in.
Xerxex on Oct 16, 2009
NOOOOOOOOO. Will Ferrell will ruin this! It'll turn into some over the top shit and it's much better played with subtlety, someting Ferrell hasn't done since Stranger Than Fiction. This script is incredible, something I didn't even think I would like. The comedy should come out of the script, not Ferrell. That's what will make this movie great. The image is from that Jeremy Piven car dealership movie. I forget it's name.
Fuelbot on Oct 16, 2009
I did like him in Stranger Than Fiction so it could work out. But I'm having trouble seeing it. I do enjoy Ferrell but I just think he's wrong for this project.
Mike G. on Oct 16, 2009
Alex exclaims: "Finally, a Will Ferrell movie I'm actually excited about again!" Calm down Alex... Was there one before this?
sam on Oct 16, 2009
Sounds great I'm proud of him for making the choice to go indie instead of him going for a big studio production that will most likely be a bomb. Will Ferrell forever!
Caitie on Oct 16, 2009
What is that picture from that is used in the article?
TheManWithNoName on Oct 17, 2009
I'm excited to see how this one turns out too. I love Will Ferrell but in movies like Stranger Than Fiction and Winter Passing. He's actually really great at being subtle, if that's what this film is going to require. I know he's made some really silly movies in the past, some of which I passed right over. But should we condemn him for it? It's a shame that comedians have to work soooo hard to be taken seriously as good actors. Whether in comedies or not. Robin Williams is an amazing actor...he can make me cry or be totally scared of him, as well as wet my pants from laughing so hard. I'd like to see Leonardo DiCaprio take on a comedy and pull it off. I think it's harder than we think it is.
optic junkie on Oct 18, 2009
For everybody askn about the picture for the article it's from "The Goods" and trust me dnt waste ur time it's not good
Trademark on Oct 19, 2009
Read the script just now and really enjoyed the story. Will Ferrell as Nick Porter seems a little odd, but I'm Dan Rush was thrilled to get someone that will make the $$ in the first weekend. Would like to have seen Paul Giamatti in this one.
Chris on Dec 16, 2009
you got the wrong Dan Rush on your link. Here's the correct one: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3656297/
jack on Jun 30, 2010
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