Check this out: Even before Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby hit theaters, Columbia Pictures was already so in love with the men behind it that, based only on a pitch, they threw a huge pile of money at them yesterday. The pitch was for a comedy called Step Brothers, which will be directed by Adam McKay from a script he'll write with Will Ferrell. Yes, that sentence also describes both Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Talladega Nights, which goes a long way towards explaining Columbia's eagerness to lock the project up before anyone else even saw it.

And the Talladega Nights connection goes even further: Step Brothers will star Ferrell and John C. Reilly as "coddled guys who live with their respective single parents. Their folks fall in love and marry, making the guys stepbrothers." In case you're been under a rock for the post month or so, that duo just happens to star in Talladega Nights, as well. Gee, think Columbia is excited about the movie?

In addition to signing the duo for Step Brothers, the studio also already agreed to salaries for its stars and director; production is scheduled to begin next summer.
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