Will Ferrell will be joining the world of eSports, which is the competitive gaming scene where video-game matches are streamed to hundreds of million of viewers each year. The biggest eSports tournaments feature teams of five playing head-to-head matches on a stage, with fans watching the game on the jumbotron.
Teaming up with Legendary Pictures, Ferrell will star as a member of a professional eSports team, and an anomaly in a sport where players usually retire in their 20s due to slowing hand-eye coordination. The studio teased the plot stating that the movie “will be akin to what Ferrell did with the world of NASCAR racing in TALLADEGA NIGHTS”. Michael Kvamme & Jordan Dunn will write the script. Evil Geniuses and Fnatic, two of the premiere eSports teams in the world, are in discussions to have a presence in the film.
Today’s top eSports players are as young as 15, and can earn millions of dollars through prize money, endorsements and streaming. The 2016 prize pool for the game DOTA’s championship was over $20 million, and last year’s League of Legends finals had more viewers than the World Series or NBA Finals.
Although its audience primarily still exists on sites like Twitch and Youtube, eSports are now being covered on networks like ESPN, Fox Sports, and TBS with more than 200 million viewers for the events this year. The 2015 League of Legends finals had more viewers than the World Series or NBA Finals. These events resulted in revenue of more than $900 million this year as today’s top eSports players can earn millions of dollars through prize money, endorsements and streaming online.
Mosaic and Gary Sanchez are producing with Patrick Connelly and John Beach of Gravity Squared co-producing. Ferrell is currently in production on HOLMES & WATSON for Sony, reteaming with John C Reilly to play the legendary duo. He’s represented by Mosaic and UTA.
Legendary’s partner Universal Pictures will handle worldwide distribution of the film outside of China.