Talladega Nights: According to The Hollywood Reporter, beating out several other studios, Columbia Pictures has secured rights to the Will Ferrell comedy Talladega Nights, to be directed by his longtime collaborator Adam McKay.

Named after the famous racing track, the film will be co-written by Ferrell and McKay based on a pitch that is set in the world of high-stakes professional stock car racing. Jimmy Miller and Judd Apatow will produce the feature, which is tentatively set for a summer 2006 release.

Brian B.