Ferrell, McKay Have the Right Vantage Point
Paramount division welcomes Gary Sanchez Prods
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ferrell and his "Anchorman" writer-producer-director Adam McKay have signed a two-year, first-look producing deal at Paramount Vantage. The recently renamed Paramount specialty division will now be the home for Ferrell and McKay's newly formed shingle Gary Sanchez Prods.
"Adam and I have been looking forward to setting up a company for a long time," Ferrell tells the HR. "And with Mr. Sanchez's support and vision, we look forward to a long and productive partnership. Viva Paraguay!"
The films will all be high concept comedies with budgets in the $10-20 million range, meaning they likely won't be starring vehicles for Ferrell.
Ferrell and McKay, who joined forces on the late-summer comedy "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," join a Vantage stable that already includes upcoming releases by Paul Thomas Anderson ("There Will Be Blood") and the Coen brother ("No Country for Old Men").
"Brad Grey and I have always envisioned that our specialty division would produce the most sophisticated and fresh material in all genres, and we are confident that Will and Adam's unique voices will be a Paramount Vantage mainstay," says Vantage head John Lesher, referencing Grey, Paramount Pictures' chairman.