Daddy’s Home is reportedly coming back for round 2 with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg on-board.
According to Deadline, a follow-up sequel for the 2015 hit movie is confirmed and currently under development.
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The report states that the leading actors of Daddy’s Home — Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg — will reprise their roles as the mismatched rivals-turned-friends in the sequel.
Starring in the Daddy’s Home sequel will mark the third time that Ferrell and Wahlberg have starred on the big-screen as a comedic duo in a feature film. Will and Mark shared the screen together in leading roles for the first time in the 2010 Adam McKay-directed film, The Other Guys.
The Other Guys and Daddy’s Home both thrived on the on-screen chemistry of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. In both films, the two actors played polar opposites of each other.
In The Other Guys, they played Detectives Allen Gamble (Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg). Even though Gamble had a bit of a checkered past, he was more comfortable with playing the nerdy guy that loved doing paperwork in the office.
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On the contrary, his partner Hoitz simply wanted to get a shot at redemption that would allow him to get back into the action on the streets.
The same sense of playful opposition was also used for their characters in Daddy’s Home. Brad Whitaker (Ferrell) was more of the nerdy, good-guy stepfather that was trying to get his stepchildren to view him as a father. Enter bad boy Dusty Mayron (Wahlber), the kids’ biological father, who refused to allow Whitaker to have that coveted relationship with his children.
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Will Ferrell opened up to Variety at the Daddy’s Home premiere in New York and spoke very highly about his two-time co-star.
“Mark is really funny — he is entertaining and really charming and one of those actors who can do it all. It’s nice that we have a shorthand with each other from The Other Guys, so filming this movie was a lot of fun. Once again, I play the straight-laced guy and Mark is kind of the crazy one. We’re the perfect combination together.”
With two box-office hits as a dynamic duo under the belts, who knows what the future may hold for Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s blossoming partnership on the big-screen? The Other Guys and Daddy’s Home could very well be the start of a solid working relationship and bond between the Saturday Night Live alum and Ted 2 star.
It is not very surprising that Gary Sanchez Productions and Paramount Pictures have decided to move forward with Daddy’s Home 2 based on the impressive box-office success of the first film. With an estimated production cost of $50 million, Daddy’s Home generated over $240.3 million at the box-office worldwide.
What makes the success of Daddy’s Home even more impressive, though, was the timing of its release date. Keep in mind that the Sean Anders-directed film was released on Christmas Day, 2015 — one week after the highly-anticipated release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Most fans and critics assumed that the seventh episode of the Star Wars franchise would consume the box-office throughout the second half of December.
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However, comedies like Daddy’s Home and Sisters were apparently able to successfully place their stake on the December box-office as well.
As of right now, it is not clear whether or not Linda Cardellini, Thomas Haden Church, Hannibal Buress, or John Cena will reprise their roles in the Daddy’s Home sequel. However, Sean Anders and John Morris are both set to return as director and screenwriter respectively.
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