Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis Starring In Untitled Political Comedy

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 4th, 2013 at 4:00 am,

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.

Will Ferrell as George W. Bush Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis Starring In Untitled Political Comedy

Ferrell as George W. Bush.

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 starsĀ (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.

Jack Lemmon and James Garner in My Fellow Americans Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis Starring In Untitled Political Comedy

Lemmon and Garner in ‘My Fellow Americans’.

Do you think this Untitled Ferrell/Galifianakis Political Comedy could be hilarious? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Oh this has “P*ss me off” written all over it.

    • @Ink

      If done right, It should P*ss ALL OF US off. If done wrong, it’ll only p*ss off certain sectors of America, which wouldn’t be enjoyable.

      Comedy should be a broad, take-no-prisoners-show-no-allegiance offender, IMHO.

      • Kofi,

        Well said. However if I was a betting man I’d say it will be the latter and not the former.

        Vic

      • I agree Kofi, that is why I am sure that I will be p*ssed off.

  2. I think this movies gonna be great a political comedy with ferell and Galifianakis is pure win!!! 8-)

  3. This actually has the potential to be funny, but then again, all of Will Ferrel’s films sound like they are going to be funny, doesnt mean they are.

    • I agree Drsam,but Zack is in this hes always funny :D

      • Agree there. Have you seen Due Date?

        • Ofcourse i have it is one of my favorite comedies :D Its so freaking hilarious,Zack steals the show!

  4. If you have Zack G. in The Hangover, you have basically seen him as the pathetic but lovable loser in Due Date.

    No doubt, this will be more of the same from him.

    • Which is GOOD :D

      • So GOOD! Can’t wait! I saw him do stand-up live. The man is hilarious.

        • Lucky Bastard! :D

  5. god i hope this is successful, i’m sick of thoroughly enjoying everything i see of will ferrell only to be shouted down and told i’m wrong by people so something other people find funny will be fun for me… also i’d LOVE to see the Zach G persona from ‘Between Two Ferns’ on funnyordie.com as the politician. love both of these guys and i really hope this hit’s the spot, if it’s written by the eastbound and down dudes then hopefully it should be done right (the director is just an unfortunate decision but if the main guys like working with him then hopefully we’ll get some decent performances out of them)

  6. the other guys was a joke of a movie. if the same guys are writing this movie, then forget it. the movie is probably not even worth a download. i’ll pass.

    • The other guys and Land of the lost are extremely BAD movies.

      • I found The Other Guys funny, IDK. I have a soft spot for dumb comedies.

        • majorly agree!

  7. I will just have to pass. Will Ferrell’s work was amusing and funny when he first started making films, then his same ole’ routine just got old and tired. I haven’t liked any of his movies in a long time. As for Zack G. I like him to a point, however, he plays the same child-like character basically in almost all of his films. Now his routine is getting old also. He is also becoming over exposed by doing the same routines in too many movies. I don’t think I could sit through a movie with both men in it together. It wouldn’t be funny to see, just extremely annoying. If ZG doesn’t change up his career some he could end up the same way Jack Black is right now. So, he should work with people other than Ferrell.