As Halloween approaches, “Step Brothers” stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are lining up a reunion, as the duo are attached to star in Sony’s comedy “Devil’s Night.”
News of the project trickled out on Tuesday when writers Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul sold a TV series titled “All Business” to Fox. While a logline wasn’t available at the time, TheWrap has obtained plot details from an individual familiar with the project.
As Halloween purists may have guessed, “Devil’s Night” is set on October 30, when the real mischief and debauchery goes down. The unofficial holiday made Leonard and Gabe best friends as children, though it would eventually be responsible for tearing them apart. 15 years later, with Devil’s Night growing out of control, they must put their differences aside and reunite to save their neighborhood from utter destruction.
Devil’s Night played a key role in the 1994 Brandon Lee movie “The Crow” and is also referenced in the 1997 John Cusack film “Grosse Pointe Blank,” which takes place in the suburbs of Detroit, where vandalism and arson peaked in the mid-to-late 1980s.
Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions banner will produce the movie for Sony, which is actively developing the project. Ferrell and Reilly make a potent comedy pairing, as Sony’s “Step Brothers” grossed $100 million at the domestic box office.
Gary Sanchez’s next release is “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” which finds Ferrell reprising his role as legendary newsman Ron Burgundy. The highly-anticipated sequel is expected to feature an appearance from Reilly himself.
Reilly, who is currently filming Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” recently voiced the lead role in Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph.”