Will Ferrell is bringing his comedic prowess to Netflix next year, and he will be tackling one of the longest-lasting TV series in the world. The video-streaming service announced this week that it will be partnering with Ferrell to create a new comedy called “Eurovision”. Ferrell is set to write and star in the film but we don’t have a release date at this time.
Netflix also confirmed that Andrew Steele, who worked with Ferrell on Saturday Night Live and the recent TV events “The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and Tish!” and “The 2018 Rose Parade Hosted by Cord & Tish,” is also attached to co-write the script. Steele is also a Funny or Die creative director. The project is being produced by Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum through Gary Sanchez Productions. Adam McKay is set to serve as Executive Producer.
Netflix describes Eurovision as a comedy set around the “The Eurovision Song Contest,” which is the longest running annual international TV song competition. The 63rd edition of the competition had its finale in Lisbon last month, the winner was Israel with the song “Toy”, performed by Netta. 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 is now a global phenomenon with fans all over the world.
Former contestants ABBA (winner in 1974 for Sweden) and Céline Dion (winner in 1988 for Switzerland) launched successful worldwide careers after their wins at “The Eurovision Song Contest.”
Netflix stopped short of announcing a premiere date at this time and we will have to wait to see who will be guest-starring with Ferrell.
One of the most interesting projects that Will Ferrell is currently working on is “Holmes & Watson,” which will once again pair Ferrell with John C. Reilly. The duo have quite a few hits behind them, including the comedies “Step Brothers” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”. “Holmes & Watson” was written and directed by Etan Cohen and will also feature Ralph Fiennes, Rebecca Hall, Hugh Laurie as Mycroft, Lauren Lapkus, and Pam Ferris.