Will Ferrell & Jack Black to Play Big Kids in ‘Tag Brothers’

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Joe Tombari, Mike Konesky, and Patrick Schultheis all live in different parts of the USA and have very different occupations, but they have one thing in common: every year, in the month of February, they live in constant fear of becoming “It.”

The group of high school friends were interviewed for a Wall Street Journal feature in January, and their story has since drawn national attention. Every year, ten graduates of Gonzaga Preparatory School’s Class of ’82 reunite for a game of ‘Tag’ that has currently been ongoing for 23 years, often flying across the country and going to insane measures to surprise and tag each other.

If your immediate reaction to this story is to think that it would make a great movie, you’re not alone. Producer Todd Garner acquired the rights to the ‘Tag Brothers’ story in February and after a major bidding war, the project has been picked up by New Line Cinema. According to The Wrap, comedy stars Will Ferrell and Jack Black are already attached to play lead roles in the film. Tag Brothers will mark their first on-screen collaboration since Ferrell famously threw a burrito into Black’s face in Anchorman, and it’s possible that Black will be one of the many stars rumored to have a cameo in the forthcoming sequel, Anchorman: The Legend Continues.

Mark Steilen, who directed road trip comedy Wieners in 2008, has been chosen by Garner to write the script. It’s unclear how closely the film will adhere to real life events, though there’s plenty of material to choose from. During one of the annual games of ‘Tag’, Sean Rastis, who is now a priest living in Montana, flew nearly 1000 miles and hid in the trunk of a Honda Accord belonging to one of Joe Tombari’s friends. When Tombari and his wife came to check out the new vehicle, Rastis leapt out of the trunk and tagged his old school friend, scaring Mrs. Tombari so badly that she tripped over the curb and tore a ligament in her knee.

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During another February, Mike Konesky flew halfway across the country and hid in the bushes outside his friend Chris Ammann’s apartment for two days, waiting for the opportunity to strike and not knowing that his friend had gone out of town for the weekend. Konesky had a little more success another year, when he broke into Brian Dennehy’s house (no, not that Brian Dennehy) through the garage and burst into his bedroom, tagging him mercilessly even as Dennehy’s wife yelled at him to run.

There’s plenty of potential here for a hilarious and even heart-warming film, and the Farrelly brothers immediately spring to mind as directors who would be well-equipped to handle this story, even if they are occupied with preparation for Dumb and Dumber To at the moment. Screenwriter Mark Steilen worked as a second unit director on the Farrelly’s 2003 comedy Stuck on You, so perhaps there’s hope for their involvement yet.

While the film already has big names attached, the choice of screenwriter doesn’t inspire much confidence, and true-life comedies don’t always work out well. One such example is Peyton Reed’s 2008 film Yes Man, based on Danny Wallace’s autobiographical book of the same name, which tried to strike the right balance between humor and drama, and ended up being neither particularly funny nor particularly touching. In Tag Brothers‘ favor however, is the fact that Jack Black’s last feature role was also in a true-life story: Richard Linklater’s black comedy Bernie, in which Black played convicted murderer Bernie Tiede.

Are you looking forward to seeing these two comedy giants reunite for Tag Brothers? Share your thoughts in New Line Cinema’s new project in the comments.


We’ll keep you updated on Tag Brothers when more information becomes available.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. My first thought on this was, “a Step Brothers pseudo sequel? Why?” Now that I’ve read the synopsis I’m thinking, “something that could be good if Ferrell wasn’t already involved? Great.”

  2. I recently saw a piece ESPN did about this and believe it or not it was actually pretty moving.
    I suppose the story will be amped up to make for a funnier and more outrageous movie but I’d watch it regardless.

  3. I think that this can work.

  4. Can’t wait for this. Anything Will Farrell is good in my book. Could do without Jack Black though.

  5. I remember reading that “Tag Brothers” article back in January. I kept thinking to myself “that’s so awesome!”
    Now, there’s gonna be a movie?! Even better!
    With all the comedic aspects surrounding such a heartwarming core, I think this movie has great potential.

  6. Too bad jack black isn’t funny, and the stuff ferrell does without mccay, apatow, etc. is usually only ok, not too funny, and it’s about people playing tag? Not sure why there was a bidding war for the rights to that story, but hey at least the fan boys can’t complain about it being a reboot or sequel…..

    • It wasn’t a traditional bidding war. The major studios all submitted a representative and they took part in an epic game of Tag to decide who would get the movie rights.

      • Haha

  7. Nice, big fan of both Black and Ferrell and the story sounds hilarious. I’ll watch.

  8. If I remember correctly there were like 12 guys who played the game all over the country, if they bring in Vince Vaughn, the Wilson Brothers and some of the other guys in their clique it could be real funny.

    • Old School: Tag Brothers haha

  9. Frat pack movie!

  10. from Step Brothers to “Tag Brothers?” I`ll check it out

  11. This sounds terrible. I’m gonna say this will be as bad as Blacks movie about bird watching.

  12. I went to the school where Joe Tombari works. Ie. I know the people that this is based off of, and I can’t be more excited. These people are hilarious in real life, and I hope this movie does them justice!!

  13. I thought Yes Man was a good movie and pretty funny.

  14. If I remember correctly there were like 12 guys who played the game all over the country, if they bring in Vince Vaughn, the Wilson Brothers and some of the other guys in their clique it could be real funny.

  15. oh, GOD. NO. the ####ing farrelly brothers? are you serious?? they haven’t made a decent movie in ten years. they haven’t made a ‘not-complete-trash’ movie in five. there have literally never been more raw, totally untapped talent that hollywood can use – for dirt cheap – to make this. amateur film-makers who not only actually have vision, but also the confidence of youth and technical chops, too. it really bums me right out when people get too scared of the idea of using an “unproven” director. and calling the farrelly brothers “proven”, after their long, slow burn of critical and commercial disasters this past decade. (i’ll just go right out and say it: “movie 43″.)

    of course sometimes people actually DO get hired after having minimal hollywood experience, but this mostly happens in action, horror or drama (wasn’t the guy that directed “district 9″ sweeping floors or something?) – but it rarely happens with comedy. why is that??

  16. This is the problem with Movies with Will Ferrell in them. He is funny 75% of the time, boring 25% of the time.

    REPETITIVE 100% OF THE TIME. I know it is fun to work with the same people from time to time. But over and over and over and over and over and over.

  17. I graduated with this group, and they deserve the best people for this project! If done right it will be a smash hit!

  18. This is so cool! Sean Raftis is my priest and I just found out about this… I wonder who is going to play him…

  19. I read this tag brothers story from reader digest recently & i’m immediately drawn to it. This movie creation is going to be my MUST WATCH movie when it hit the cinemas in Singapore! Will there be a paperback available in stores soon? :)