Will Ferrell is at his best when he’s at his most outrageous. Give me Mugatu tossing hot coffee in his assistant’s face, a giddy adult elf, or a chubby ‘70s band mate banging the cowbell. But as a straight-laced, jazz-loving stepfather? No thanks.
Originally planned as a reunion for Mark Wahlberg and director pal Peter Berg, the duo’s big screen version of the classic 1970s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man has been pushed back just a bit as Berg has exited the director’s chair. Screenwriter Damian Szifron has taken over for the new film, which gives the hero a bit of a pay increase with the title The Six Billion Dollar Man.
After earning huge laughs with their whiskey-and-water dynamic in 2010's The Other Guys, Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell reteam for a comedy that puts a hilarious spin on the emotional fallout of divorce.
10. That’s the number of years we have left in the Transformers franchise…for now. This year, Paramount and writer / producer Akiva Goldsman recruited a brain trust of writers to formulate plans for Transformers sequels, as well as potential spinoffs and animated projects. Their work yielded plans for Transformers 5, as well as an animated origin story prequel. But how many more films are in the works? Rumor has it they have plans for at least five.
After months of brain-storming, the Transformers writers room has finished their work…for now. Writers room head Akiva Goldsman is officially scripting Transformers 5, with Mark Wahlberg confirmed to return and Michael Bay in talks to return to the director’s chair after declaring he was finished with the franchise. In addition, that previously rumored animated spinoff is officially happening with the writers of Ant-Man.
Paramount’s plans for the continuation of the Transformers franchise are certainly ambitious — earlier this year the studio announced a new writer’s room which will plot the future of the series, including sequels and spinoffs, like Transformers 5. So far we know that Mark Wahlberg is returning for the sequel, though not much else is known about the film, which may or may not be directed by Michael Bay. But some potential new plot details have been revealed, giving us an idea about where the sequel will take Cade Yaeger and the Autobots in their next outing.
Mark Wahlberg is heading back into buddy cop comedy territory, but this time with a rom-com twist. The actor, who previously buddied up to Will Ferrell in the cop comedy The Other Guys, has joined Partners, a film described in the vein of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, with Wahlberg answering to an agent from the FBI who just happens to be a woman.
It’s funny that the poster for Ted 2 features the title character with his back to the camera and his hands suggestively poised near his crotch above the tagline “Ted is coming, again” because the whole movie revolves around the fact that Ted can’t come, not even once. Ted doesn’t have any genitals or a reproductive system, so he can’t have a baby with his wife. His search for a sperm donor eventually spills into the legal system, where a court case will decide a surprisingly complex question: Is Ted a person?
Will Ferrell is never not busy, which means that he’s never pinned down. He may be a successful solo movie star, but he’s a man of many partnerships, never missing an opportunity to share the screen with a variety of co-stars. With the arrival of Daddy’s Home, Ferrell hopes to bring his onscreen partnership with Mark Wahlberg to John C. Reilly-ian levels. Hopefully, the movie itself is funnier than the new trailer. After all, the last time these two teamed up, we got the massively underrated The Other Guys.
Not long after Transformers: Age of Extinction hit theaters last year, director Michael Bay revealed that he wasn’t planning on directing another installment in the franchise. Instead, he’d pass that honor down to someone else. Since then, we’ve heard rumors that Bay may have changed his mind, as he’s prone to do, and he’ll likely return to direct Transformers 5. One person who is returning for the fifth film is Mark Wahlberg, and he seems to have just confirmed those rumors.