Ferrell attached to star in buddy laffer
Bruce Davey and Mel Gibson’s Paramount-based Icon Prods. has slapped down a six-figure sum for the script “Don Wayne Wyoming,” with “Saturday Night Live” thesp Will Ferrell attached to star.
Penned by Jerry Collins and Boyd Hale, script is a broad buddy comedy about two guys who pursue their lifelong dream of driving an 18-wheel truck.
Icon’s senior veep of production, Kevin Lake, will oversee project’s development. Company is fast-tracking the film and looking for a director.
Ferrell, repped by UTA and Gold-Miller, co-starred in “Night at the Roxbury” and appears in Dimension Films’ “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” opening Friday. Collins is repped by UTA, Hale by Endeavor. Collins is a writer for “Saturday Night Live.” Paul Green, head of business affairs for Icon brokered the deal on behalf of the company.
Icon recently produced for Paramount “We Were Soldiers,” directed by Randall Wallace, with Gibson toplining.