It’s been a few years since Will Ferrell’s last sports-themed comedy, so he’s got to be due for another one, right? Well, whether you want it or not, that’s exactly what we’ll be getting as Ferrell teams up with former co-star Mark Wahlberg to bring us a film called Turkey Bowl. This time out, the duo will play “guys from football-obsessed towns who lead rival teams in an annual tackle football game for bragging and trash-talking rights.” In addition to the two leads, Alec Baldwin has also signed on to play Wahlberg’s father and it’s being reported that the film will feature many cameo appearances in the vein of the newscaster smackdown in Anchorman. Warner Bros. picked up the pitch for the film, which will be written by 30 Rock‘s Robert Carlock and Scott Silveri, with a story by Owen Burke.
After the bad taste Semi-Pro left in audience’s mouths, I’m somewhat surprised to see Farrell returning to another sports film (this will be his 5th overall). With that said, I’m actually kind of looking forward to it, at least in concept. While The Other Guys wasn’t the absolute best Ferrell movie, I thought the combination of him with Wahlberg worked well enough and the idea of them as athletic rivals kind of amusing to me. I’m anxious to see who else they recruit for this. Invoking the Anchorman name in terms of cameos gives me high expectations. For those wondering about the production side of things, Turkey Bowl will be produced by Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy through their Gary Sanchez banner and Wahlberg through his Closest to the Hole productions.