Will Ferrell And Adam McKay Set Convict Comedy With Universal



Universal has bought a pitch from Neighbors co-writer Brendan O’Brien, and in a seven-figure deal. Ferrell and McKay will produce the UNTITLED ESCAPED CONVICT COMEDY through their banner, with Ferrell also attached to star. The action comedy centers on an escaped convict who teams up with an unlikely partner (Ferrell) to stop his girlfriend from getting married.

O’Brien will also produce with Ferrell and McKay, along with Gary Sanchez’s . will executive produce for the company, while Universal’s will oversee for the .

O’Brien, who co-wrote Neighbors and the upcoming Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising with partner Andrew Jay Cohen, also wrote The House, a comedy at New Line starring Ferrell and Amy Poehler.

The convict comedy is the latest project to jump on Ferrell’s slate, which also includes Russ & Roger with Josh Gad, Swear to God from a script by Justin Theroux and pilots at both Comedy Central and NBC. His recent credits include Daddy’s Home with Mark Wahlberg and Zoolander 2 with Ben Stiller.

McKay, meanwhile, recently took home an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Big Short, a script he co-wrote with Charles Randolph. Between Gary Sanchez and Gloria Sanchez Productions, McKay, Ferrell and Elbaum have dozens of in the works, including the recently announced The Hustlers at Scores, based on the Magazine article from Jessica Pressler.

Ferrell is repped by and .
McKay is repped by and .
O’Brien is repped by .


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