An eSports comedy film is in the works, starring Will Ferrell as an aging professional gamer.
Legendary Pictures confirmed the project was under way, with Mosaic and Gary Sanchez are producing and Patrick Connelly and John Beach of Gravity Squared co-producing, based on a script by Michael Kvamme and Jordan Dunn (SpongeBob SquarePants 3).
The film will no doubt hold a similar tone to Ferrell’s previous sport movies, including ice-skating spoof Blades of Glory and NASCAR comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
The movie will poke fun at the idea of Ferrell, 49, continuing pursue an eSports career in an industry dominated by players as young as 15, where “players usually retire in their 20s due to slowing hand-eye coordination.”
The idea of a big comedy released based on the world of competitive gaming is a testament to the growth of eSports in recent years.
“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,” say Legendary, “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.”
It will be interesting to see more information on this project, and which games will be played within the film, but so far we do know that leading eSport teams Evil Geniuses and Fnatic will feature in some capacity.