It turns out that Columbia Pictures really likes the formula behind Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. With the film hitting theatres today, Columbia Pictures is already working with Talladega cast and crew on the next big thing.
McKay, Ferrell and Reilly Reteam for Step Brothers
According to Variety, has set up another starring vehicle not only for Will Ferrell, but Talladega co-star John C. Reilly and director Adam McKay.
Studio made a preemptive deal for Step Brothers, a comedy Adam McKay will direct from a script he'll write with Ferrell. Judd Apatow and Jimmy Miller will produce.
Ferrell and Reilly will play coddled guys who live with their respective single parents. Their folks fall in love and marry, making the guys stepbrothers.
The film has a projected summer 2007 start date with a budget slightly less than Talladega Nights. It turns out that Talladega needed quite a bit more money to pull off the NASCAR sequences.
Step Brothers will be the third script for Ferrell and McKay, who before Talladega wrote Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. They began collaborating on Saturday Night Live, where McKay was head writer.
The pitch for Step Brothers had been put on the table but Columbia Pictures purchased the project long before any other studio had a chance to look at it. Columbia Pictures is obviously happy with their newfound Ferrell-Reilly-McKay formula.
Ferrell, who'll next be seen in the Marc Forster-directed Stranger Than Fiction, recently completed the figure skating comedy Blades of Glory with Jon Heder and Will Arnett.