Tri-Star Pictures has pre-emptively acquired a comedy pitch entitled The Yank, which has Will Ferrell attached to star.
The script will be written by Steve Pink and Jeff Morris, which follows a timid insurance courier (Will Ferrell) who gets caught up in a plot to steal the Crown Jewels in London. Mosaic is producing alongside Will Ferrell's Gary Sanchez Productions.
This project is the second star-driven project Tom Rothman's Tri-Star has landed this month, following their acquisition of Ricki and the Flash, which stars Meryl Streep as a woman who works at a grocery store by day, and moonlights as a hard rocker at night. Jonathan Demme is directing that project from a script by Diablo Cody. Tri-Star is also prepping To Walk the Clouds, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit, the man who walked between New York's Twin Towers on a tightrope in 1974. Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale and Charlotte Le Bon co-star in this drama from director Robert Zemeckis.