Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly Are Getting the Band Back Together for ‘Border Guards’

By April 16, 2014

What happens when Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Adam McKay team up on the big screen? Oh, just stuff like Step Brothers and Talladega Nights. Maybe you’ve heard of them? Most likely you’ve quoted either one or both of them at some point in the last week or so? They’re hits and stuff.

Deadline reports that the trio are re-teaming for a new feature, titled Border Guards that, you guessed it, will see Ferrell and Reilly starring as a pair of losers who decide to become border guards. The duo’s deal appears to be already set, and McKay is reportedly looking to direct the feature, which makes perfect sense, considering their track record. The outlet reports that the funny guys will play “two hapless but earnest friends who decide to give purpose to their lives by protecting America’s borders from illegal immigrants. In the process they find themselves accidentally stranded in Mexico without identification and must sneak back into the U.S.”

Ferrell and Reilly

Weirdly, the outlet also notes that “it’s only related to the previous films in that Ferrell and Reilly pair so well together,” which seems like a fairly obvious observation, but let’s just take a moment to imagine that Step Brothers and Talladega Nights are actually the first two films in a very strange franchise, with Border Guards serving as the third entry. Now that’s character evolution.

Although the involvement of Ferrell, Reilly, and McKay is clearly good news, there’s something even better about Border Guards worth mentioning — it will be penned by Jesse Armstrong, who was nominated for his work on the hilarious political satire In the Loop, also helped write the black-as-night terrorism comedy Four Lions (yes, it’s possible to make “a terrorism comedy,” but that doesn’t mean it’s always comfortable), and also co-created the deeply funny British TV show Peep Show (which is about two hapless pals!).

Armstrong and McKay already have a professional relationship in place — the screenwriter recently wrote a biopic on Republican strategist Lee Atwater that McKay is already attached to direct. Excited about this project? Let us know below!

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Kate Erbland
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