After giving Alan Partridge the ‘good cop-bad cop’ routine in The Other Guys Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are to reteam for Warner’s Turkey Bowl, a comedy about guys from two football-obsessed towns who lead opposing teams in the traditional annual tackle football game for “bragging rights and trash-talking.”
“The tackle games are grandiose, and I’m told they plan to pack it with fun cameos, just the way they did during the rival broadcaster gang fights in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” says Deadline’s Nikki Finke.
Boasting ample comedy pedigree in front and behind the camera, the project’s story was birthed by Owen Burke, of Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions, with scripting duties handed to 30 Rock’s Robert Carlock and Scott Silveri. 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin has already joined the party to play Wahlberg’s father too.
No other casting is confirmed nor is a director attached yet. But with the gangs-all-back vibe already permeating the project, it isn’t too much of a stretch to imagine McKay jumping in to the hotseat for shot-calling duties.
With Wahlberg starring in Seth McFarlane’s Ted before reteaming with David O Russell for The Silver Linings Playbook, both after wrapping smuggling thriller Contraband alongside Kate Beckinsale, and Ferrell next to be seen alongside Rebecca Hall in comedy drama Everything Must Go, the duo have a jammed schedule for the forseable future so this could be gestating for a while.