“SNL” vet-turned-frat boy Will Ferrell is teaming up with comedian and Tenacious D rock legend Jack Black for a new movie from one of the folks behind “Freaks and Geeks.”
New Line Cinema has hired Judd Apatow to write and direct the still-untitled comedy about two Los Angeles motorcycle cops. In the story, Farrell’s cop leaves Irvine, California, because of its lack of crime. Once in Los Angeles, he’s partnered with Black, a cop who joined the force like the rest of his family but probably should have pursued a different line of work.
A writer and producer, Apatow has worked on the cult hit “Freaks and Geeks,” the widely acclaimed HBO series “The Larry Sanders Show” and “The Ben Stiller Show.” Stiller teamed up with Black last year for “Envy,” which hits theaters in May (see “Jack Black, Ben Stiller Fall Deep In ’Envy’ “ ), and Black also has “The School of Rock” in the works as well as a movie starring Tenacious D (see “Coming Soon: Tenacious D’s Big Fat Movie” ).
Having finished with his “Old School” promotional duties, Ferrell is in Vancouver, British Columbia, shooting “Elf,” in which he stars as a normal-sized guy raised by Santa’s elves. Actor Jon Favreau (“Swingers”) is directing.