Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx and Will Forte are set to star in the live-action adult comedy “Strays” at Universal, according to an individual with knowledge of the project.
Josh Greenbaum, who broke out recently with his directorial debut “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” is attached to direct “Strays.”
“Strays” is written by Dan Perrault (“American Vandal”) and follows the story about an abandoned dog who teams up with other strays to get revenge on his former owner.
“Strays” is based off an original idea by Perrault and was packaged by Picturestart, which approached Greenbaum and producers Louis Leterrier (“Lupin,” “Now You See Me”), Academy Award winners Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse”) and Lord Miller President of Film Aditya Sood (“The Martian,” “Cocaine Bear”) about partnering together on the project.
Universal picked up “Strays” from Picturestart and Lord Miller in a preemptive situation earlier this year. The film falls under Lord Miller’s pact with Universal which has a rich first look deal with the studio.
Erik Feig (“La La Land”) will produce for Picturestart. Senior VP of production development, Jeyun Munford and director of development, Tony Ducret will oversee for the studio. Jessica Switch will executive produce and Julia Hammer will co-produce for Picturestart. Nikki Baida will executive produce for Lord Miller.
Ferrell is represented by UTA, Mosaic, Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wetheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein, and The Lede Company. Foxx is represented by CAA, LBI Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham. Forte is represented by UTA, Rise, Kovert Creative, & Hansen, Jacobson, etc. Perrault is represented by UTA and Brillstein. Greenbaum, Lord and Miller are represented by UTA. Leterrier is represented by CAA and Management 360.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.