Adam Sandler is in talks to replace Mark Wahlberg in the Warner Bros. football comedy Three Mississippi. The change has come about due to shifting schedules, which would have meant Wahlberg couldn’t make the film until next year, according to Vulture.
The film centres on two rival families who play a tackle football game every Thanksgiving Day, with Sandler now heading one family and Will Ferrell the other. The comedy was originally set to reunite The Other Guys director Adam McKay with stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. However, Wahlberg’s commitment to the Navy SEAL thriller Lone Survivor, led to his departure from Three Mississippi, when its shoot was delayed by several month.
Adam McKay was also forced to drop out after Paramount resurrected the comedy sequel Anchorman: The Legend Continues in March. Sean Anders will now direct from a screenplay by John Morris, Scott Silveri, and Robert Carlock. Production will likely begin this autumn.