EXCLUSIVE: Captain Dad, the comedy starring Will Ferrell and Catherine Keener, will be officially setting sail at the end of this month, courtesy of Paper Street Films which has come aboard to produce and finance the film. Writer/director Sebastian Silva’s new family vacation comedy, which was announced during Cannes, also stars Michael Cera. It will go before the cameras at month’s end with Archer Gray also producing.
The story follows a husband (Ferrell) who gives his wife (Keener) the gift of a lifetime for her birthday: a trip through the Caribbean on a sailboat with all six of their kids and their partners. Stubborn, competitive and overly confident in his sailing abilities that are clearly out of sync with reality, Rich is determined that the vacation be run on his terms. But things do not go according to plan. His “father knows best” attitude clashes with the rest of the Peelman clan. And by the end, even the most patient of the bunch are ready to throw Captain Dad overboard, bringing new meaning to the idea of the dysfunctional family.
Bingo Gubelmann, Austin Stark and Benji Kohn will produce for Paper Street with Anne Carey and Amy Nauiokas producing for Archer Gray.
Paper Street Films previously produced and financed Infinitely Polar Bear (2014) which was written and directed by Maya Forbes and starred Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, The Runner (2015), written and directed by Austin Stark and which starred Nicolas Cage, Sarah Paulson and Peter Fonda, Tony Kaye’s Detachment (2011) which starred Adrien Brody, James Caan and Christina Hendricks, and finally the Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award winner Happythankyoumoreplease (2010), written and directed by Josh Radnor.
Archer Gray’s recent projects include the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards-winning The Diary of a Teenage Girl, 2015’s Mr. Holmes, the 8-time Tony Award-winning Once, and the Tony Award nominated The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper. Upcoming from the company is 20th Century Women written and directed by Mike Mills and starring Annette Bening, Can You Ever Forgive Me starring Melissa McCarthy and directed by Marielle Heller, and the Paramount TV dramedy series Bettyville starring Shirley MacLaine and Matthew Broderick.