Ferrell and Wahlberg to Star in “Daddy’s Home” for Paramount Pictures and Red Granite in Association with Gary Sanchez

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HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 5, 2014) – Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures in association with Gary Sanchez Productions announced today that Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are set to star in "DADDY'S HOME." Red Granite Pictures will co-produce and co-finance the film, which Paramount Pictures will distribute worldwide. The film is expected to begin shooting later this year.

 

Sean Anders ("HORRIBLE BOSSES 2," "THAT'S MY BOY") will direct the screenplay written by Brian Burns ("Blue Bloods," "Entourage"), with revision by Anders and John Morris ("HORRIBLE BOSSES 2," "DUMB AND DUMBER TO"), Chris Henchy ("THE CAMPAIGN," "THE OTHER GUYS"), Adam McKay ("ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEDGEND CONTINUES," "THE CAMPAIGN") and Etan Cohen ("MEN IN BLACK 3," "TROPIC THUNDER").

Morris will produce with Ferrell, Henchy and McKay through their Gary Sanchez Productions banner ("TAMMY," "GET HARD"). The executive producers are Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland and David Koplan ("DUMB AND DUMBER TO," "THE WOLF OF WALL STREET") from Red Granite Pictures along with Kevin Messick ("ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES," "THE OTHER GUYS") and Jessica Elbaum ("ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES") of Gary Sanchez, Sean Anders and Diana Pokorny ("HORRIBLE BOSSES" 1 & 2, "THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE").

Adam Goodman, President of Paramount Film Group said, "Will and Mark are the absolute perfect on-screen duo to take on this hilarious project. With Anders at the helm, and our partners Red Granite on-board, we are thrilled this movie is getting underway."

Riza Aziz, Co-Chairman of Red Granite Pictures adds, "We're particularly excited not only to reunite with the wonderful Paramount team but to collaborate again with the comical genius of Sean Anders and John Morris, who we had the pleasure of working with on Dumb and Dumber To. And we are thrilled to partner with Will, Mark and Gary Sanchez. We look forward to an inspiring, hilarious adventure."

 "DADDY'S HOME" follows a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife's two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

About Red Granite Pictures

Red Granite Pictures is an American film finance, development, production, and distribution company, co-founded by Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland in 2010. Aziz and McFarland serve as co-Chairmen and producing partners. Randy Hermann serves as CFO, David Boyle serves as Business Affairs and Production Legal, David Koplan serves as President of Production, while Danny Dimbort and Christian Mercuri serve as co-Presidents of the distribution arm, Red Granite International. The company was formed in 2010 but formally announced its executive team in May 2011 at the Cannes Film Festival. Red Granite has developed, produced, and structured financing for a slate of films representing more than $400 million in revenue.

Red Granite Pictures made its debut with Friends with Kids, a romantic comedy written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt. Friends with Kids stars Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, and Megan Fox. Following Friends with Kids, Red Granite Pictures executive-produced and handled foreign distribution for the dramatic thriller Out of the Furnace starring Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, and Casey Affleck and directed by Scott Cooper. Out of the Furnace was released on December 6, 2013 by Relativity Media.

Red Granite Pictures next released the highly anticipated film The Wolf of Wall Street on December 25, 2013. The Wolf of Wall Street was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, Jon Favreau and Rob Reiner. The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the memoir of the same name by Jordan Belfort. The Wolf of Wall Street has achieved tremendous box office success and critical acclaim - including a Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy for star Leonardo DiCaprio and five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Terry Winters).

Following The Wolf of Wall Street, Red Granite Pictures Produced Horns and Dumb and Dumber To. Horns, a supernatural thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Heather Graham and directed by Alex Aja is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Joe Hill. Horns will be released October 31, 2014 by Dimension-RADiUS. Dumb and Dumber To is an American buddy comedy film co-written and directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly. It is a sequel to the 1994 film Dumb and Dumber. The film stars Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Laurie Holden, Rob Riggle and Kathleen Turner. Dumb and Dumber To will be released on November 14, 2014 by Universal Pictures.

Red Granite's development slate for 2015 includes The Brigands of Rattleborge and The General. The Brigands of Rattleborge, blacklist's number 1 script of 2006, is a western revenge story and The General is a gritty look at the story of George Washington.

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