Co-writers Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien are very much on the rise. Coming off the back of their hugely successful feature debut, last year’s comedy hit Neighbors, the duo have just had their script The House acquired by New Line Cinema.
And as if that wasn’t sweet enough, they’ve got Will Ferrell on board to both star in and produce the comedy.
THR reports that there was a lot of interest in the project following their breakout, Neighbors.
Ferrell stars as one half of a married couple who lose their daughter’s college fund. They team up with their neighbours to start an illegal casino in their basement to earn back the money.
Cohen will also be making his feature directorial debut on the project. He’s got a few shorts under his belt already, including a couple of Funny or Die skits, and is stepping up to make his first full feature.
Ferrell and Adam McKay (Anchorman) will produce through their Gary Sanchez shingle along with Good Universe, with Chris Henchy (The Other Guys) and Jessica Elbaum (Stranger Than Fiction) serving as executive producers.
New Line is eager to move fast on the project, and is already looking to start production in August. If all goes to plan, we can probably expect The House to hit cinemas sometime in Summer 2016.
Warner Bros. doesn’t have any comedies firmly set for the summer season next year, so will likely be glad to have a project like this on their slate. Universal has just announced that Neighbors 2 will be released in mid-May 2016, and WB will likely want to avoid any competition on that front.
If they can move fast enough, they could well look to set The House up for the end of spring, instead, either facing off against Universal’s The Huntsman on April 22nd or opening alone on April 29th, a week before Captain America: Civil War. If not, given their busy schedule for June through early August, they’ll likely be looking at either May 27th, which would position it opposite X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, serving as comedy counterprogramming, or late August.
I loved Cohen and O’Brien’s script for Neighbors. I thought it was one of the funniest films we’ve seen in a long time, all the more impressive for it being their first feature-length script. They’ve since made strong traction on Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, reuniting them with Zac Efron, which Fox will release in July 2016 opposite Star Trek 3. All signs point to the duo being strong names in comedy for years to come, and I’m eager to see what Cohen does behind the camera with a bigger budget.
No word yet on who will be joining Ferrell for the female lead, but if shooting is set to get underway in the summer, we should have more casting news soon.