VIP SWEEPSTAKES YOU COULD WIN

movies anytime, anywhere for a year.

Don't forget to join during checkout - it's free!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. TERMS APPLY.

VIP SWEEPSTAKES
YOU COULD WIN

Not a member? Join now or during checkout - it's free!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins at 9:00 am Pacific Time (“PT”) on 4/18/2016 and ends at 9:00 am PT on 5/10/2016. Open to legal residents of the 49 U.S. states & D.C. (void in RI, Puerto Rico, all U.S. territories, possessions and overseas military installations), 18 or older (or age of majority in jurisdiction of residence, whichever is older) with active email account and Internet access as of 4/18/2016. Odds of winning dependent upon total number of eligible entries received. One (1) Grand Prize winner will be awarded one (1) Fandango digital promo code for a year of movie tickets, redeemable at www.fandango.com or via the Fandango App (approximate retail value (“ARV”) $800.00), one (1) FandangoNOW digital promo code for a year of movie or TV show rentals or purchases, redeemable at www.fandangonow.com or via the FandangoNOW App (ARV $800.00). Total ARV of Grand Prize, $1,600). See <A HREF="https://www.fandango.com/sweepstakesrules/welovemovies2"> Official Rules</A> for complete prize details and retail values. Sponsor: Fandango Media, LLC.

Adam Sandler Replaces Mark Wahlberg in Will Ferrell's Football Comedy

On the surface, Three Mississippi is simply swapping out Mark Wahlberg for Adam Sandler. Oddly, the movie will mark the first time Sandler has teamed with Will Ferrell for a comedy, which should yield its own collection of classic moments. But to understand how this all went down, you have to delve into the inner workings of Hollywood's studio system. Battleship, Anchorman 2 and That's My Boy all figure into the casting swap.

According to Vulture, the first domino fell in late February when Universal started to doubt the success of Battleship. The studio decided they only wanted to distribute, not finance, director Peter Berg's next film, Lone Survivor, a story about a doomed SEAL mission in which Wahlberg would play the lone survivor. With Universal not funneling in the money for the production, the only way for the film to secure financing was through a big star like Wahlberg. Emmer/Furla Films agreed to fund the film but only if Wahlberg made it his next film.

The second domino was the sudden and somewhat unexpected announcement that Paramount had finally greenlit Anchorman 2. This put producer/director/writer Adam McKay in the awkward spot of having to replace himself on Three Mississippi, which he'd essentially thought up and intended to direct. In his place, Warner Bros. brought in Sean Anders, who had just directed That's My Boy, which stars Sandler and arrives in theaters June 15.

This led to the third problem involving Wahlberg and Ferrell's schedules. With Lone Survivor set to shoot in the coming months and Anchorman 2 shooting in January, Ferrell didn't want to wait around for almost a year when he had Warner Bros. ready to shoot this fall. Enter Sandler, who has a habit of working with the same directors over and over again.

Are you excited for to see Sandler and Ferrell in the same movie? Would Wahlberg have been a better choice for a football comedy?

Follow along on Twitter @DerrickDeane and @Fandango.

Like it? Share it:

Next Article by Sean O'Connell

Matt Damon Who? Jeremy Renner Rocks in Latest 'The Bourne Legacy' Trailer

Matt Damon Who? Jeremy Renner Rocks in Latest 'The Bourne Legacy' Trailer

Send Me FanText

Thanks for signing up!

By entering your mobile number and clicking "Sign me up!" you consent to our Terms and Policies and Privacy Policy and authorize Fandango and its service providers to deliver FanTexts and other promotional texts to your mobile phone using automated technology. Text marketing authorization is not required for any purchase from Fandango. Message and data rates may apply. We will not send more than 5 msgs/month. YOU CAN UNSUBSCRIBE AT ANY TIME BY TEXTING "STOP" TO "FNDGO" (36346).

×