After thirteen years working together, actor-comedian Will Ferrell and filmmaker Adam McKay have mutually decided to branch out separately and refocus their creative efforts with their Paramount-based Gary Sanchez Productions expected to wind down after seeing through their existing projects to completion.
The pair, who remain close friends, will still work together on their extensive slate of shared projects, and will continue to support each other both personally and professionally. But they will explore new endeavors as well as their own individual projects and it is expected they will each form new companies to develop them.
The pair issued a statement: “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.”
The decision is the end of one of the longest creative partner relationships in Hollywood. After meeting on SNL, the pair first film teaming was 2004’s “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”. With McKay directing and Ferrell starring, the pair made “Talladega Nights,” “Step Brothers,” “The Other Guys” and “Anchorman 2” together.
As producers though the pair really shined, having a hand in many films and TV series (mostly comedies) of the past decade or so including “Grimsby,” “Vice,” “Succession,” “Get Hard,” “Tammy,” “Eastbound & Down,” “Drunk History,” “The Boss,” “Daddy’s Home,” “The Dictator,” “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” “Get Hard,” “Sleeping with Other People,” “Bachelorette,” “Land of the Lost” and “Booksmart”. They also started the viral comedy site Funny Or Die.