That director-and-stars Step Brothers reunion we’ve anticipated like nothing else (an Anchorman 2 cameo doesn’t count) may really have its day: Deadline inform us Adam McKay is considering Border Guards as a future project, the (surprise!) comedy, early into development, already being considered for Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. As little as a first synopsis is chuckle-worthy when the two stars are kept in mind, with a screenplay from Jesse Armstrong — one of today’s better comedy scribes, considering his credits (In the Loop, Four Lions, and The Thick of It) — centering on “two hapless but earnest friends who decide to give purpose to their lives by protecting America’s borders from illegal immigrants,” along the way “[finding] themselves accidentally stranded in Mexico without identification and must sneak back into the USA.”
THR make their endeavor sound a little more incipient than Deadline would otherwise have us believe, despite McKay and Ferrell (alongside Kevin Messick) producing via Gary Sanchez Productions. (There also exist a few questions regarding The Big Short, which Paramount tapped the director for last month.) One nevertheless remains hopeful that modern comedy’s best trio (we mustn’t forget Talladega Nights) can make another collaboration happen sooner rather than later, better yet on a title which, at first blush, sounds as if it has full potential to skirt their preferred line between smart and stupid. Count me among those who think Border Guards has the makings of a project too good to see fall by the wayside.
What do you make of the project’s early word? Is a McKay-Ferrell-Reilly reunion something you’d care to see?