April 20, 2016


At Least Two Uber-Based Comedies Are on the Way, One Starring Will Ferrell

Pablo Cuadra/FilmMagic
Pablo Cuadra/FilmMagic

Ricky Bobby's getting back behind the wheel. A new story at the Hollywood Reporter reveals that Will Ferrell is attached to star in a Universal comedy about "an Uber driver stuck with a deranged escaped-convict passenger." It'll come from Neighbors screenwriter Brendan O'Brien.

Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox is putting together a flick called Stuber. "That project," THR reports, "takes place over one harrowing night in the life of an Uber driver who picks up a grizzled cop working the most dangerous case of his career."

The magazine's sources say each studio was mutually unaware of the other's Uber movie, although "Stuber is a finished script, giving Fox a jump."

While Will Ferrell's slate looks relatively tame on IMDb at the moment, his Projects in Development section (kinda hidden over on the right side, halfway down, if it's never caught you) is absolutely out of control. Border Guards, Larry's Kidney, Devil's Night, Manimal, Life Coach, I'm in Love with the DJ, King Dork, the promising-sounding Untitled Shakespeare Project and Untitled Escaped Convict Project—this is but a paltry selection of the more than two dozen listed items. Because Ferrell is forever, and so is Uber, at least in cinematic history, soon.