Mark Wahlberg Back In Buddy Comedy Mode For Seth MacFarlane’s Pic Helming Debut

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Wahlberg, who’s coming off the summer hit The Other Guys with Will Ferrell, is negotiating to star in another buddy comedy. You might think we’ve seen it all on the well trodden buddy comedy trail, but how about one with a guy and his life-size, walking-talking teddy bear? Wahlberg will star in Ted, the R-rated directorial debut of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane which Media Rights Capital committed to finance at a $65 million budget. Universal Pictures acquired it last April. Wahlberg will play an average Boston guy who’s normal except for the childhood wish he made that his teddy bear could come to life — and it did. Years later, the boy is an adult, and the bear is still his best friend. But the bear, a carousing, irresponsible slacker, is getting in the way of his buddy committing to adulthood and the girl he loves. MacFarlane will provide the voice of the bear, which will be brought to life through CG in an otherwise live action format. MacFarlane wrote the script with Family Guy cohorts Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, and they go past that racy sitcom, which is why the film will be R-rated. Ted will be produced by Scott Stuber through his Universal-based Stuber Pictures, along with MacFarlane, John Jacobs and MRC. Wahlberg, who plays Boston fighter Irish Mickey Ward in the David O Russell-directed Oscar-season release The Fighter, plans to next star in Contraband, the English language remake of the 2008 Icelandic crime drama Reykjavic-Rotterdam. That film, also for Universal, will co-star Kate Beckinsale. The original film’s star, Baltasar Kormakur, is directing. Wahlberg then hopes to follow that picture with Ted. WME and Leverage are negotiating his deal.

It’s another picture in the growing Universal-MRC relationship, but I’m told it’s not part of the upcoming deal that will see MRC fund 20 films over 5 years, and then pay a distribution fee to Universal. The studio recently released MRC’s Devil, and has set a March 4, 2011 release date for the George Nolfi-directed The Adjustment Bureau, which stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.

Universal Buys Seth MacFarlane’s R-Rated Comedy About Teddy Bear In MRC Deal

Comments (37)

  • Would love an in-depth look at how a company like MRC stays in the game, Nikki.

    Cause right now, it looks like smoke and mirrors.

    Comment by AE & His VD — Monday October 25, 2010 @ 3:54pm PDT  
  • What are these people on?

    Comment by bettheuck — Monday October 25, 2010 @ 3:57pm PDT  
  • The movie looks interesting, but how is MRC still in business?

    Nobody likes Modi and Asif and they have lost just ridiculous amounts of money… Even by Hollywood-interloper standards.

    Comment by Anonymous — Monday October 25, 2010 @ 4:00pm PDT  
  • Sounds awesome! Mark Wahlberg is best in comedies. Everything he says sounds hilarious.

    Comment by Chris Crosby — Monday October 25, 2010 @ 4:00pm PDT  
    • I agree. Sounds hysterical. For the naysayers, just remember Family Guy was canceled and then brought back by popular demand to become one of the most successful animation series in history after The Simpsons. Somebody at some point said “What are they smoking” about Family Guy, and guess what? They was wrong.

      Comment by yonderman — Monday October 25, 2010 @ 5:49pm PDT  
    • and now… Mark Wahlberg talks to stuffed animals.

      Comment by Anonymous — Monday October 25, 2010 @ 8:02pm PDT  
  • Why are they spending 65 million for this? Can’t it be made for 25 million? Obviously it could be made for that amount so why the inflated budget?

    Comment by Universal Exports — Monday October 25, 2010 @ 4:03pm PDT  
    • CGI producers are the biggest money-whores in town… anything that has a substantial amount of QUALITY CGI is going to balloon a budget to wazzoo-ripping levels… for no reason, when one could get top quality CGI work in Canada, Australia or South Korea…

      Comment by Ras The Exhorter — Monday October 25, 2010 @ 4:35pm PDT  
    • marketing & advertising. takes a lot to sell a piece of shit to the masses

      Comment by mike — Thursday October 28, 2010 @ 9:02am PDT  
  • Um…can you say “Drop Dead Fred” the CG remake????…maybe mixed with some (stolen) “Harvey” bits and a dash of “Death to Smoochie”….

    Yikes this sounds AWFUL….

    Comment by Reality Cheque — Monday October 25, 2010 @ 4:04pm PDT  
    • I agree! Wahlberg can’t act!

      Comment by The Truth — Monday October 25, 2010 @ 7:46pm PDT  
  • HOLY CRAP. Sounds like celluloid feces.

    Where have the good Hollywood ideas gone, and why oh why can’t anyone find them?

    Comment by bobby the saint — Monday October 25, 2010 @ 4:16pm PDT  
  • Is the bear’s name Rupert? Is Marky Mark playing an adult Stewie?

    Comment by BlackJack — Monday October 25, 2010 @ 4:27pm PDT  
    • I was thinking the exact same thing.

      I wonder if there will be a beach scene as well.

      Comment by Jack Black, no not that one — Monday October 25, 2010 @ 4:44pm PDT  
  • I would dearly love to know how stuff like this gets greenlit. It’s as if we’re all living in a never-ending episode of The Twilight Zone.

    Comment by BOOZE — Monday October 25, 2010 @ 4:32pm PDT  
    • I wonder this ALL the time. *downs shot*

      Comment by Mar — Monday October 25, 2010 @ 11:33pm PDT  
  • I think it’d be great if the Teddy bear turned out to be part of some minority group and then wahlberg beat the crap out of it.

    Comment by Nell — Monday October 25, 2010 @ 4:35pm PDT  
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