The Sony hack exposed info on salaries, feuds and egos galore, but it also gave a peek into the Sony pipeline. A Men in Black – Jump Street crossover–who knew? (Besides Sony execs and Jonah Hill, who thought it was a righteous idea.)
But the best piece of possible pipeline casting is Will Ferrell as Donald Sterling, the disgraced owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who was forced to sell the team after he was secretly recorded making racially insensitive comments last spring. Wait, Will Ferrell? Yup, Elf himself. But it’s not Ferrell getting all serious and going for Oscar, playing a confused, conflicted man in a turbulent time. It’s a comedy that posits Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy as his co-stars. And just to be sure you know it’s a comedy, the Donald Sterling character is renamed, wait for it, Ronald Sperling. (It seems to invite a lawsuit from the litigious Donald Sterling, but Sony must figure if they can assassinate the leader of North Korea, what’s a couple of LA lawyers going to do to them?) The plot is seen as a remake of Ruthless People, the 80s hit starring Danny DeVito.