Will Ferrell is to team up with Netflix to bring his Eurovision film to life for the streaming giant in the lead for the comedy.
Ferrell will also co-write the feature alongside Saturday Night Live alum Andrew Steele. The pair last worked together on HBO’s The Royal Wedding Live With Cord and Tish!.
The plotline is currently under wraps on the production but the Eurovision song contest, often simply called Eurovision, is an international song competition held primarily among the member countries of the European Union. Each participating country submits an original song to be performed on live television and radio, then casts votes for the other countries’ songs to determine the winner. Over 40 countries are currently eligible to compete and since 2015 Australia has been allowed as a guest entrant. It’s become a haven for the ridiculous and zany performances and song lyrics of the many artists that take part.
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Winning the Eurovision Song Contest often provides a short-term career boost for artists, but rarely results in long-term success. Exceptions are ABBA (winner in 1974 for Sweden), Bucks Fizz (winner in 1981 for the United Kingdom), and Celine Dion (winner in 1988 for Switzerland), all of whom launched successful careers.
Farrell will next be seen onscreen with his Stepbrothers co-star, John C. Reilly in the comedy Holmes & Watson. This isn’t the first time Ferrell has worked alongside Netflix. He recently produced the comedy, Ibiza which starred Gillian Jacobs.