Will Ferrell and Adam McKay end longtime producing partnership
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have made a mutual decision to go their separate ways, creatively speaking, according to Deadline. Their mutual decisions concludes one of the longest creative partner relationships in town. The duo met in 1995 when they were hired the same day on Saturday Night Live, and 13 years ago they formed their company, Gary Sanchez with Chris Henchy.
Together, they’re responsible for some of comedy’s modern classics, including Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers and The Other Guys, with McKay directing and Ferrell the star.
“The last 13 years could not have been more enjoyable and satisfying for the two of us at Sanchez Productions,” the two said in a statement. “We give massive thanks to our incredible staff and executives and all the writers, directors and actors we worked with through the years. The two of us will always work together creatively and always be friends. And we recognize we are lucky as hell to end this venture as such.”
Ferrell and McKay will remain friends and will continue to develop any existing projects with their attached producers. They’ll still work together some shared projects, and will, of course, continue to support one another in their lives and careers.
In recent years, McKay shared the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay with Charles Randolph for his film on the 2008 market crash, The Big Short, which got four other Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. Last year, McKay wrote and directed Vice, a skewering comedy/drama about former Vice President Dick Cheney with Christian Bale in the lead. which scored a total of eight Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director.
Ferrell, meanwhile, has upcoming films including Downhill, the remake of the 2014 Swedish film Force Majeure for Fox Searchlight. Ferrell will next star for Netflix in Eurovision, directed by David Dobkin, who directed Ferrell in Wedding Crashers.
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