Will Ferrell is capable of some fantastic cerebral work. My favorite of his movies is Stranger than Fiction, the comedy-drama that explored existentialism and the art of writing and literature. Personally, I’d love to see another introspective film of this caliber starring the actor known almost exclusively for his boisterous, slapstick style of comedy…but if he ever stops making those comedies, I’d be furious.
Luckily, I have nothing to worry about for now. Adam McKay, Ferrell’s director for Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, The Other Guys, collaborator on Funny or Die, life coach and personal shaman, is developing two upcoming projects for the actor. The first is Swear to God, which lampoons the perpetrators of the economic crisis by putting Ferrell in the role of a narcissistic hedge fund manager who believes that he has literally been visited by God. McKay was heavily involved in the creation of the project, but may no longer be attached as director. Alans Cohen and Freedland, writers of Due Date, will work on the screenplay for Swear to God.
The second McKay-Ferrell collaboration in the works (which McKay is, at this point, still slated to direct) is Three Mississippi: a Thanksgiving-themed comedy about two small-town rivals challenging one another to a football game. Among the possible castmembers are Mark Wahlberg (to reunite with Ferrell after The Other Guys) and Alec Baldwin.
Sure. Some say there might be more merit in films like Stranger than Fiction than Ferrell’s usual films. But really, something can be derived from any of Ferrell’s films: a new perspective on sexism (Anchorman), America’s obsession with winning (Talladega Nights), an examination and analysis of what we deem normative in police-themed cinema (The Other Guys), and… well, Step Brothers was pretty funny, too.