Will Ferrell has signed on to star in and produce the big screen comedy The House, a New Line Cinema project written by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, who wrote the smash hit Neighbors, which grossed $268.2 million worldwide.
The story of The House revolves around a married suburban couple who lose their daughter’s college fund. In a desperate effort to recoup the money, they get together with neighbors and set up an illegal casino in their basement. Ferrell will play the part of the husband and father.
Cohen will also direct the movie, making his feature film directorial debut.
Ferrell is producing the feature with Adam McKay via their Gary Sanchez Productions banner. Also producing is Good Universe, the company behind Neighbors.
Reminiscent of the kind of comedies Will Ferrell has become known for over the years, The House is similar in premise to a project the actor has had in development since 2012, titled Crazy U, which is about a father obsessed with getting his child into a great university. The prolific Ferrell has at least three pictures premiering this year, including the Kevin Hart Comedy Get Hard, the dramedy Zeroville and Daddy’s Home with Mark Wahlberg.
The studio plans to begin filming The House in August and will likely release it in the summer of 2016.