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4 items from 2012


NBC Buys Workplace Comedy From Gary Sanchez Prods & Writer Leslye Headland

14 September 2012 4:31 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

NBC has put in development Assistance, a single-camera comedy from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods. It will be written by Leslye Headland who wrote and directed the feature Bachelorette, also produced by Gary Sanchez. Based on a play by Headland, Assistance follows Nora, an idealistic assistant, and her daily efforts to try to find balance in her life as she strives to please her larger than life boss. Gary Sanchez’s Jessica Elbaum and Owen Burke will executive produce along with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The project stems from Gary Sanchez’s overall deal with Universal TV, which will produce the comedy. Headland, repped by CAA and Caliber Media, is writing a remake of About Last Night for Screen Gems, with Steve Pink directing and Joy Bryant, Kevin Hart and Michael Ealy starring. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Adam Sandler to replace Mark Wahlberg in Will Ferrell’s ‘Three Mississippi’ (IrishCentral)

1 June 2012 5:26 AM, PDT | IrishCentral | See recent IrishCentral news »

A new film project with big names including Will Ferrell and Alec Baldwin already attached to it is set to gear up production in the next year. The film, titled, ‘Three Mississippi,’ is a comedy about rival families in their annual Thanksgiving football game. Vulture reports that originally, Mark Wahlberg was attached to the film as well, since Will Ferrell’s producing partners, Owen Burke and Adam McKay, wanted to find a way to reteam Wahlberg with Alec Baldwin in hopes of recreating the pair’s “clever banter” they shared in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning ‘The Departed.’ However, it now seems that a series of unexpected new projects have caused both scheduling and funding problems, effectively preventing Wahlberg from being in the film. Replacing Wahlberg is Hollywood funnyman Adam Sandler, who will play Alec Baldwin’s son. The two are part of the family that typically loses the heated Thanksgiving tackle football match. »

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Exclusive: Sandler in Talks to Star Opposite Will Ferrell in Three Mississippi

31 May 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

We hear that Adam Sandler is in talks to star opposite Will Ferrell in Three Mississippi, a comedy from 30 Rock executive producer Robert Carlock and Friends executive producer Scott Silveri. But Sandler isn't merely being added to the film; he will be replacing Mark Wahlberg in the tale of two rival families who have an annual tackle football game at Thanksgiving — with one family (Wahlberg’s) the perennial loser. Originally code-named “Turkey Bowl,” the Warner Bros. project came about after Ferrell’s producing partners, Owen Burke and Adam McKay, wanted to find a way to reteam Alec Baldwin and Mark Wahlberg and re-create their clever banter from The Departed. This got Ferrell aboard. Soon after, when Baldwin joined and agreed to play Wahlberg’s father, the project quickly gathered steam.But then three (mostly) unexpected things happened this spring: First, late last February, Universal started to suspect that Battleship would »

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‘Drunk History’ Web Series Heads To TV WIth Presentation Order By Comedy Central; Will Ferrell & Adam McKay To Produce

5 April 2012 8:48 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Viral hit Drunk History may become a TV series. Comedy Central has given a pilot presentation order to Drunk History Across America, which will be produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy’s Gary Sanchez Prods. The trio will executive produce with Derek Waters, creator of the Drunk History series of shorts, Jeremy Konner, who directed them, and Owen Burke. Konner will also direct the pilot presentation. Like the web series, Drunk History Across America will feature historical reenactments presented by besotted narrators. The show will also include some travel elements and interviews with the city’s locals who will drunkenly narrate local and personal history which, too, will be re-enacted by guest actors. Among those who have done re-enactments in the original Web series are Ferrell, Jim Carrey, Ryan Gosling, Jack Black, Don Cheadle, Michael Cera, Zooey Deschanel, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover, Jason Ritter and Danny McBride. »

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