Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly to Star in Adam McKay’s ‘Border Guards’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 16th, 2014 at 11:25 am,

Step Brothers 570x294 Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly to Star in Adam McKays Border Guards

In news sure to please comedy fans, actors Will Ferrell (The Lego Movie) and John C. Reilly (Guardians of the Galaxy) are set to reunite with director Adam McKay for a new film called Border Guards.

As first reported by Deadline, the three longtime friends and colleagues are in talks with Sony to work together once again on the project, which would star Ferrell and Reilly as two best friends with a desire to give purpose to their lives by helping society at large.

Instead of taking one of the more obvious routes – join the military, feed the hungry, build houses for the poor, etc. – the two hapless compadres decide to join the border patrol in an attempt to keep illegal immigrants from sneaking into the United States via Mexico. Unfortunately, a detainment attempt gone awry leaves the duo stranded in Mexico without identification, forcing them to illegally cross the border themselves if they hope to return home.

Border Guards will continue the tradition of wacky Ferrell/Reilly/McKay comedies that began with 2006 hit Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and continued with the perhaps even more beloved follow-up Step Brothers (2008). While the plots of the two films were unconnected, they shared a mutually broad, jokes-flying-a-mile-a-minute style, and are both best known for the comedic chemistry between the two leads.

Talladega Nights Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly to Star in Adam McKays Border Guards

So far, only screenwriter Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop, The Thick of It) has officially signed on the dotted line to come aboard the project, but the fact that the Ferrell/Reilly/McKay team will get a deal done with Sony is considered a mere formality at this point.

When you consider that both Talladega Nights and Step Brothers more than doubled their budgets in theaters, then went on to rack up huge sales numbers on DVD and Blu-ray, Sony would have to be crazy to not want to be a part of this third collaboration.

At the same time, fans may want to wait a bit before getting their hopes up too high, as Ferrell and Reilly haven’t shared the screen in six years, and Ferrell’s last comedy was the divisive sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (which Reilly made a quick but memorable cameo in as the ghost of Stonewall Jackson).

That’s not to say that Anchorman 2 didn’t have its fans, it just seemed like people ended up loving it or hating it, with very little middle ground. Some critics asserted that Ferrell’s style of comedy has gotten too crazy for its own good and needs to be reined back in.

Whether one believes that assertion to be true is a matter of personal preference, but it’s certainly something to consider. Either way, millions of people will likely be lined up opening day to see if the Ferrelly/Reilly team can capture the old magic.


Border Guards is still in development, and has no current release date.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Sounds like it’s going to be … polarizing.

  2. People are weird. Anchorman 2 was just as, if not funnier than the original. Sometimes i really wonder what people are expecting out of these comedies.

  3. I dunno. To be honest, Anchorman 2 had me bored, I felt like I was just waiting for it to be over…
    And I was excited for it in the beginning. Anyway, Anchorman was a classic. It was good to see the characters together again…
    Border Guards is a very smart idea.

  4. This sounds hilarious, I’m hopeful. Anchorman 2 was trash.

  5. step 2 would be mind blowing

    • I smoked pot with a Johnny Hopkins. It was Johnny Hopkins and Sloan Kettering and we were blazing that sh*t up every day.

  6. So it sounds a bit like a re-make of BORN IN EAST LA with Cheech Marin, an under-appriciated flick imo. Not sure about this version sounds trite and predictable.

    In reality the border is a serious subject. In 2004, 500 people died trying to cross the border; many die out in the desert of dehydration or heat stroke. The economic issues regarding illegal and legal immigration are complicated. The political and legal aspects are also complex. Culture is another subject altogether. Very few people want to separate families or force people to die in the desert for an opportunity to find a stable job with good pay. However, what can never be forgotten is that Mexico is a mess because Mexico is a mess. Mexico’s unemployment problems should not be the US immigration problem. Mexico has some very big problems and they go back a long ways. 100 years ago they were helping the Germans in WWI. So they are making progress.

      • A few is called illegal immigration, a whole country is called an invasion so how about you get your facts straight

  7. Shake and Bake, indeed.

  8. I’m a big Ferrell fan but the blind bit in Anchorman 2 was boring as heck. the rest of the movie was incredible but that scene lasted a good 10 minutes if not more.

  9. I still would like to see a Stepbrothers 2 where they both have sons that are going after the same girl in school and each take different advice from their dad. Oh and have Derek be washed up now trying to get a job with Dale ad Brenan.

    I dont know just spitballin

  10. I don’t find Anchorman funny at all, both of them. Not my type I would guess. Tall and Brothers, on other hand, I enjoy a lot :) Reading the title initially got me grinning. It brought back scenes from Jay and Silent Bob hehehe