Movie News Roundup: Will Ferrell & Mark Wahlberg Join “B-Team,” Remakes Galore

by | February 26, 2009 at 6:59 PM | The Movies

Will Ferrell and Marky Mark Wahlberg are going to team up as cops for an action-comedy called B-Team, to be directed by longtime Ferrell collaborator Adam McKay.
Wahlberg may not seem like a natural fit for comedy, but he’s at least game for it – as evidenced by his appearance on SNL to mock Andy Sandberg’s mocking of him. McKay directed one of the best comedies of all-time in Anchorman, so he deserves the benefit of the doubt.

WB has greenlit Suicide Squad, which will be a new kind of comic book movie and very much in the ‘grim and gritty’ vein they want to mine for their movies now. It’s based around a team of incarcerated supervillains who are forced into dirty work missions in the service of the government – the kind of missions from which they can never expect to come back alive. If Justin Marks’ screenplay is done right, meaning they resist all temptation to sanitize it, this could be fantastic.

More Remake News: Yesterday, we told you that a remake of the classic Tim Curry comedy Clue is on its way, and today we’ve got a bunch more to tell you about. Neal H. Moritz is working to produce a remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger Martian action flick Total Recall, in which Arnold blows Sharon Stone away with a giant gun and says “Consider this a divorce.” Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company is planning a remake of The NeverEnding Story to follow up his live-action remake of Akira. Borat co-writer Peter Baynham is writing a remake of Dudley Moore’s classic comedy Arthur for Russell Brand. It seems there’s nothing new under the sun, or studios are just terrified of non-proven products in this economy.