Ferrell, Reilly Reunite as 'Brothers'


Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Adam McKay had so much fun on "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" that they're ready for more.

According to Variety, Columbia Pictures is moving forward on "Step Brothers," a comedy written by Ferrell and McKay, directed by McKay and starring Ferrell and Reilly. Judd Apatow and Jimmy Miller will produce.

The "Talladega Nights" reunion would feature Ferrell and Reilly as stunted guys who still live with their single parents. When the parents meet, fall in love and marry, the guys become stepbrothers. Presumably there are additional complications that are yet to be revealed.

The industry trade paper suggests that Columbia paid a premium for the script and actors and that "Step Brothers" will be budgeted at slightly less than what it cost to make "Talladega Nights," which required the NASCAR setting. Shooting could begin as soon as next summer. Of course, that may be delayed if "Talladega Nights" stalls at the box office.

In "Talladega Nights," now in theaters, Ferrell and Reilly play best friends and racing teammates who have a minor falling out, but learn to love each other again.

Up next for Ferrell is "Stranger Than Fiction," followed by the figure skating comedy "Blades of Glory."

Reilly has "Year of the Dog" and "Quebec" on tap.

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