Prepare yourself to be trapped in a glass case of emotion, Adam McKay and Will Ferell are going their separate ways and winding down their production company.
Having yielded comedy gems such as Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, two Anchorman movies, and The Other Guys, McKay & Ferrell also produced a multitude of comedies together through their Gary Sanchez outfit. In recent years. McKay has turned his attention to making Academy Award-winning films such as The Big Short or this year's multi-nominated Vice. Ferrell, on the other hand, has stuck to the same tried and tested formula with the last five years resulting in the likes of Get Hard, Daddy's Home and its sequel, Zoolander 2, The House, and the critically panned Holmes & Watson. While it is sad to say, it just seems like they want to make different types of films. In a shared statement, the duo was keen to stress that they remain close, and they will continue to work together in the future.
“The last 13 years could not have been more enjoyable and satisfying for the two of us at Sanchez Productions. We give massive thanks to our incredible staff and executives and all the writers, directors and actors we worked with through the years. The two of us will always work together creatively and always be friends. And we recognize we are lucky as hell to end this venture as such.”
Ferrell and McKay were two of the founders of Funny or Die which launched back in 2007 with the short The Landlord. Directed by McKay, Ferrell starred as a hapless tenant being verbally abused by his two-year-old landlord (played by McKay's daughter) for his long overdue rent. Clocking up millions of views, The Landlord quickly made Funny or Die a household name. Having met on Saturday Night Live in the mid-90s, this brings to an end more than two decades of working side by side.
The existing slate of projects under Gary Sanchez Productions will still be completed (under their current set-up with Paramount), but it is believed that they will each seek out a new production outfit once all the legal requirements of the split have been concluded. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go and drink some room temperature milk even though I know it's a bad choice.