When Netflix made their expansive deal with Adam Sandler, they were locking up an A-list comedy star and making him part of the family. Audiences who wanted a comedy a year from Sandler knew where to turn. We haven’t seen too many other comedians of that stature turn to the streaming service for films since then, but that’s changing. They’ve just locked up a huge one, bringing the director of one of his biggest hits along as well.
According to an exclusive from Variety, Netflix is pairing Will Ferrell up with his “Wedding Crashers” helmer David Dobkin for a new comedy. The film is called “Eurovision,” with Ferrell on board not just to star for Dobkin, but to write the script with Andrew Steele as well.
Here’s a bit about what the movie will depict:
The comedy is set around the Eurovision Song Contest, the longest-running annual international TV song competition that has spawned stars like ABBA, which won in 1974 for Sweden, and Celine Dion, who won in 1988 for Switzerland. The 63rd edition of the competition had its finale in Lisbon last year, with Israel’s Netta performing the song “Toy” to take the top prize. The first contest was held in Switzerland in 1956 with seven West European nations participating; this year, 43 countries competed for the prize. The show has become a global phenomenon, with fans all over the world.