The project was set to star Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughnlast year, with Etan Cohen set to direct, but that version fell apart. Mark Wahlberg has stepped in to play a freeloading man who learns his ex-wife re-married an uptight radio executive (Will Ferrell), who wants to be the best stepfather in the world. The real father returns to town, causing the stepfather to compete for the children's affection.
Sean Anders and John Morris are in talks to direct from a screenplay by Brian Burns, Chris Henchy, Adam McKay and Etan Cohen. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are producing through their Gary Sanchez Productions company, alongside Good Universe's Joseph Drake and Nathan Kahane, Matt Leonetti and Spencer Wong. No production schedule was given.