Ferrell, Galifianakis join Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie

Comedy duo Tim and Eric have added a star-studded line up of comedy favourites to their upcoming film, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, The Wrap reports.

Adult Swim and Funny or Die stars Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have begun shooting on their first feature film and they’ve got some funny men along for the ride. Confirmed to appear on screen is Funny or Die front man Will Ferrell, along with Zach Galifianakis and previously announced stars John C. Reilly, Robert Loggia, Jeff Goldblum, Will Forte and William Atherton. Okay, this gets us quite excited.

Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie will see the comedians receiving a billion dollars to make a movie that doesn’t exactly go to plan, which leads the pair to flee Hollywood and become businessmen in a semi-abandoned mall. This is all sounding a bit cryptic at this early stage but could the star-studded comedic line up imply the other characters inhabit the “semi-abandoned mall”?

The move from small screen to cinema is a big leap for the duo, but Heidecker revealed that Funny or Die and Sanchez Productions were “there at the beginning, shaping the idea, encouraging us to write, sort of giving us a little lesson in how to make movies because we’re so used to the short format”. Funny or Die even gave the go ahead with a note saying there better be a role for Will in this!

The pair is excited about the film and the current climate for American comedies telling The Wrap, “It’s definitely the biggest thing we’ve ever done in terms of scope of the size of the production. Relative to other films, it’s tiny, but to us, it’s the biggest thing we’ve ever done, the biggest crew we’ve ever worked with and the most professional thing we’ve ever done. And the challenge is to fight against the professionalism and keep things loose.”

The film, which will be produced by Funny or Die, Gary Sanchez Productions and Abso Lutely Productions, will be distributed by Magnolia Pictures and Tim and Eric joke that the budget is, of course, $1 billion. There is currently no set release date.

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