Earlier this week, we reported on a new comedy project entitled Turkey Bowl, which will reunite actors Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg with The Other Guys director Adam McKay. It seems the title has already been changed to Three Mississippi, and Adam McKay also revealed that Alec Baldwin and Rob Riggle will star in this football comedy. Here's what Adam McKay had to say about the story, including news that they are eyeing Jeremy Renner for another role.
It's about these two rival families from - we're thinking Philadelphia but we need to check in with Wahlberg and Ferrell and see what kind of accents they want to do. [Laughs] Alec Baldwin is the patriarch of one of the families, and Wahlberg is his son. He saw the Kennedys playing football on their front lawn at Thanksgiving, and boom, that's it: "Anything the Kennedys do, we're doing." His family starts playing the other family that lives across the park from them. Over the years, Baldwin's family hasn't done too well - they own a crappy little bar in town - while the other family, which Will's character eventually becomes the patriarch of, becomes really successful. The game gets nastier and nastier as the years go on, and Ferrell's family starts just destroying the other family. After a massive heart attack, Baldwin's character's dying wish is that his estranged son, Mark, take over the game and finally win one. So Wahlberg has to put this ramshackle, convict, gambling-addict family back together again and beat the richies. The whole spirit of it is that it's just a giant, fun ensemble comedy. We want to populate it with people we love. There's a funny subplot with Rob Riggle where he's a gay cousin that Wahlberg's family sort of turned their backs on but he played football at Fresno State and they need him. We're going to try to get Jeremy Renner to play an ex-con. The idea is to bring in, like, 15 people that we love in and just do a big, funny holiday movie."
Adam McKay also said the title was changed from Turkey Bowl to Three Mississippi because a new indie film had just been sold with the Turkey Bowl title. It also seems that Adam McKay won't direct, Three Mississippi, although he is attached as a producer.