Ferrell, Wahlberg, Damon pitch projects
Studios that are trying to fill 2010 release slates are weighing spec packages that would give them either an Adam McKay-directed action comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, or a drama that will reunite Matt Damon with his “Bourne Ultimatum” scribe George Nolfi.
Damon is at the center of “The Adjustment Bureau,” a contemporary science fiction love story that was shopped to studios by Media Rights Capital.
Nolfi wrote a script that is loosely based on a Philip K. Dick short story, and he will make his directing debut on the film, which will begin production by late summer.
Nolfi scripted the Damon-starrer “Ocean’s Twelve,” but they developed a closer relationship when he scripted “The Bourne Ultimatum.” He is also writing the fourth installment of the Bourne franchise for Universal.
Seperately, several studios were bidding Tuesday on “B Team,” a McKay-directed action comedy that casts Ferrell and Wahlberg as cops, with Chris Henchy writing the script.
Henchy co-wrote the upcoming Ferrell-starrer “Land of the Lost,” and he is co-executive producer of “Entourage,” the HBO show on which Wahlberg is executive producer.
Even though “B Team” and “The Adjustment Bureau” come with pricey packages — buyers essentially commit to make the movies — both pictures are expected to have studio homes before the week is over.