Say it ain’t so! Longtime producing partners Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have mutually agreed to go their separate ways. This will bring an end to their production company Gary Sanchez.
From Deadline, the pair first met when they were hired onto SNL the same day back in 1995. Over their 13 years together, Ferrell and McKay have collaborated on a number of comedy classics, including Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers and The Other Guys. McKay directed those films while Ferrell starred in them.
The outlet is reporting that the reason behind the split is so that the two filmmakers can explore new creative endeavors. They offered up a mutual statement, which confirmed the divorce:
“The last 13 years could not have been more enjoyable and satisfying for the two of us at Sanchez Productions. We give massive thanks to our incredible staff and executives and all the writers, directors and actors we worked with through the years. The two of us will always work together creatively and always be friends. And we recognize we are lucky as hell to end this venture as such.”
McKay has spent the last handful of years building up his now Oscar-caliber career. The filmmaker won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on the adaptation of the Michael Lewis’s The Big Short. The film got four additional Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. More recently, McKay wrote and directed the scathing Dick Cheney biopic Vice, which garnered eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
Upcoming for Ferrell includes Downhill, the remake of the 2014 Swedish film Force Majeure for Fox Searchlight, which has won four out of the last ten Best Picture Oscars. See Ferrell next as he stars in Netflix’s Eurovision.
What do you make of this news? Are you as heartbroken as I am to see these two go their separate ways? Do you think there’s a possibility that they re-team someone down the line? Sound off in the comments below and let me know what you think about all this!