Chris Henchy and McKay will write the script.
Pic will be a co-production between Gary Sanchez Prods. and Mosaic. Sony has not set a release date on the film, but it is expected to go into production as quickly as the filmmakers can get it ready.
Sony intends to register the title “The B Team,” a potential hurdle given that 20th Century Fox is mobilizing a movie based on TV series “The A-Team,” with Joe Carnahan directing.
The comedy was pitched around town Tuesday by Endeavor and CAA, and Sony co-president Matt Tolmach moved quickly. Tolmach was comfortable committing to a film without a finished script because Columbia worked in the same fashion on “Talladega Nights” and “Step Brothers,” both of which were set up with a pitch and the collaborative track record of McKay and Ferrell.
“Talladega Nights,” which cost around $72 million, grossed $148 million domestically in 2006, and “Step Brothers,” which cost around $65 million, grossed $100 million for Columbia Pictures in 2008.
The newcomer to this equation is Henchy, but he has ties to all the participants. He co-wrote “Land of the Lost,” the Universal summer comedy that stars Ferrell. Henchy works for McKay and Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Prods., where he is co-executive producer of the GSP-produced HBO sitcom “East Bound & Down.”
Henchy previously spent several seasons as co-executive producer of “Entourage,” the HBO series on which Wahlberg is executive producer with Doug Ellin and Stephen Levinson.
A McKay-Ferrell comedy is a departure for Wahlberg, who stars next in the Peter Jackson-directed drama “The Lovely Bones.”