Will Ferrell has been bouncing back and forth between big studio comedies and smaller, low-budget fare for a long time, so it’s no surprise to hear from Variety that he’ll soon be starring in a small movie called Flamingo Thief. Ferrell will play a man who becomes obsessed with stealing flamingo figurines after his wife leaves him, and one-time Pride and Prejudice and Zombies director Craig Gillespie is settling in to direct.
The Flamingo Thief script was written by Michael LeSieur (You, Me, and Dupree) and the script actually appeared on the Black List, an annual list of the best unproduced screenplays floating around Hollywood. Sounds similar in tone to Everything Must Go, Ferrell’s 2010 indie that got a lot of praise on the festival circuit. This film sounds like it has a sort of ridiculous concept, but I really enjoyed Stranger Than Fiction, another low-budget comedy Ferrell starred in back in 2006, so it’s obvious that Ferrell can shine given the right material.
We’ll see how this one turns out with Gillespie behind the camera, as his filmography is pretty varied so far (Lars and the Real Girl, Fright Night, Mr. Woodcock). Interested?