Sony Pictures Entertainment has acquired “The B Team,” a spec pitch package for an Adam McKay-directed action comedy that will team Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as cops, with Chris Henchy and McKay writing the script.
Sony has not set a release date on the film, but it is expected to go into production as quickly as the filmmakers can get it ready.
The comedy was pitched around town on Tuesday by Endeavor and CAA, and Sony co president Matt Tolmach moved quickly. Tolmach was comfortable committing to a film without a finished script, because Columbia worked in exactly the same fashion on “Talladega Nights” and “Step Brothers,” both of which were set up with a pitch and the collaborative track record of McKay and Ferrell.
"We have a great relationship with the team at Sony from 'Talladega Nights' and 'Step Brothers' and we couldn't be more excited about doing our next one with them," said McKay. " Also I feel like we've put the physical altercation I had with Matt Tolmach on 'Step Brothers' behind us, and it's time to get back to the business called show."
Sony intends to register the title “The B Team,” a challenge considering that 20th Century Fox is mobilizing a movie based on the TV series “The A Team,” with Joe Carnahan directing.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Sony Pictures Activates The B Team
Doesn't sound surprising to me considering McKay directed both Talladega Nights and Step Brothers for Sony. I just hope this film is more funny than Step Brothers.