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Exclusive: Will Ferrell Set to Say "Je le veux"

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 25, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 25, 2010 |

Y’all remember Will Ferrell, right? A “Saturday Night Live” alum, who made a lot of comedies back in the Aughts — some good, some really not so good — and then crashed and burned at the end of the decade with movies like Semi-Pro and Land of the Lost?

Whatever happened to that guy? He just faded away. He’ll probably pop up in a few years on straight-to-DVD soft-core porn, filling the vacancy left after TV’s William Kaat got a little too old to bang the Tweed sisters on a stairwell banister.

Oh, wait. There is this: Word comes from The Hollywood Cog that Ferrell is developing a romantic comedy that sounds similar in tone to an Adam Sandler project, except for one thing: It’s a remake of a little known French film from 2006 called, I Do: How to Get Married and Stay Single which starred Charlotte Gainsbourg, who did some dirty naughty things with Willem Dafoe in last year’s Antichrist.

The remake is being developed by New Regency and WAM Films, which is headed by Alain Chabat, who specializes in the French-to-English comedy market. He also came up with the original idea for the French version.

The American remake, no doubt, will be dumb as rocks, as the logline indicates: It’s about a 40-something year old bachelor (Will Ferrell) whose seven sisters and mom try to force him to get married, prompting him to ask a friend’s sister to leave him at the altar so that everyone will leave him alone.

Let me guess: He inadvertently falls in love with the friend’s sister.

Details are scant so far, except that the project is currently searching for a writer. Will Ferrell — who is still in post-production on his summer entry, The Other Guys, from his frequent collaborator Adam McKay (it also stars Sam Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, and Mark Wahlberg) — doesn’t have a go project lined up, but he does have several in development, including that Sherlock Holmes film he’d planned to do with Sacha Baron Cohen, which I’m assuming will eventually be scrapped, and possibly an Anchorman 2 sometime in the future.

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