Warner Bros. has an untitled comedy in the works that threatens to serve as a serious expose and barbarous satire of the modern U.S. political machine – especially with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis onboard to star, under the direction of Austin Powers helmer Jay Roach (ahem).
The plan is to release the funnymen-with-goofy-hair showdown in 2012, during the heat of the next U.S. Presidential election. Ferrell and Galifianakis will star in the pic as rival candidates, though it’s not yet been revealed what their characters’ political alliances will be (does it really matter?).
Roach is best known for directing broad comedies like the first two Meet the Parents movies or this past summer’s Dinner For Schmucks, but he got serious back in 2008 with the TV movie Recount, which focused on the controversial Florida recounts during the 2000 U.S. presidential election. Deadline says Roach will
attempt to control work with Ferrell and Galifianakis from a script by The Other Guys co-writer Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell (Eastbound & Down), whose previous comedic efforts have been of a darker, more outrageous nature.
Ferrell famously played/humorously imitated George W. Bush on Saturday Night Live and in his HBO special, You’re Welcome America, so satirizing politicians is old game for him. Galifianakis has stuck to playing goofballs so far in his career, so it’ll be interesting if he tries a different approach in Roach’s political comedy or just goes with his now trademark slobby-nut-with-a-beard schtick again.
Politicians of all creeds are by their very nature mockable and Ferrell/Galifianakis will undoubtedly not hold back from skewering individuals from either end of the political spectrum. Moviegoers in the mood to laugh at the workings of the next presidential race and not feel guilty will have that opportunity with a movie like this.
It’s possible that one political party could come off looking better in Roach’s film, but chances are good that the Ferrell/Galifiankis comedy will be more about how the important issues in an election are often put on the back-burner, to make way for theatrics and attention-grabbing speeches. That is what happened the last time a comedy director (Peter Segal) directed two not-always-serious stars (Jack Lemmon and James Garner) in a political jokefest (My Fellow Americans) – that film could’ve been re-titled Grumpy Old Men Go To Washington, and this upcoming Ferrell/Galifianakis flick will probably feel like Anchorman: Ron Burgundy For President! more than any kind of partisan propoganda.
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