Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Take on HBO with P.E.
The Talladega Nights creators try their hand at the home box office.
by Dan Iverson
September 22, 2006 - Writers and co-creators of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, are looking to take their successful cinematic formula to the small screen. After an intense bidding war between broadcast and cable networks, Ferrell and McKay decided that the perfect place for their single-camera comedy was HBO. Although not a lot is known about the show, titled P.E., we are sure that this expensive endeavor will be something to look out for.
The story for the show follows a guy who returns to his small Southern hometown to teach physical education after failing as a major league pitcher. Teaching at the middle school he once attended, he has to make amends with all the people he turned his back on for his career in baseball.
Currently there is no news on the actors that will be attached to the project or even who will be the lead for P.E., but we can tell you that the program in good comedic hands. The show will be written by Jody Hill, Ben Best and Danny McBride - the trio was picked up by Ferrell and McKay's newly created Gary Sanchez Prods. After watching the trio's indie kung fu comedy The Foot Fist Way, they were promptly picked up as Gary Sanchez's first acquisition. Hill, Best and McBride will also be executive producers for the program. Another name attached to the project is Chris Henchy, who is Gary Sanchez's head of production. Henchy will be a great asset to the show as he has just recently served as a writer for HBO's Entourage.
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's company Gary Sanchez Prods. is looking to be very busy for the foreseeable future. Not only producing films, Gary Sanchez is also planning to work on multiple television projects per year. When we receive more news on P.E. or Gary Sanchez-related projects, you will be the first to know.
I'm looking forward to this. HBO already has all of my favorite programs on it, with this team it looks to add another.