The project itself resembles a stray pickup story. “Strays” originally began development with Erik Feig’s Picturestart before Feig brought it onto the radars of Greenbaum and Louis Leterrier (the French director behind “Now You See Me” and the “Transporter” action films) as well as Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind “The Lego Movie” and “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs.” All of the above are currently named as producers in addition to Lord Miller’s president of film, Aditya Sood. From there, Universal took advantage of Lord Miller’s first-look deal and picked up “Strays” from both Lord Miller and Picturestart.
Individually, Jessica Switch is executive producing and Julia Hammer is co-producing under the Picturestart banner, while Nikki Baida will executive produce for Lord Miller. Overseeing production on behalf of Universal is Senior VP of Production Development Jeyun Munford and Director of Development Tony Ducret.
Next up for Ferrell is “Spirited,” a musical adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” which he stars in opposite Ryan Reynolds and Aimee Carrero. Marvel’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home” is completed, wherein Jamie Foxx reprises his role as Spidey villain Electro; Foxx’s memoir, “Act Like You Got Some Sense And Other Things My Daughters Taught Me,” was published in October of this year. Finally, Will Forte’s TV series “MacGruber,” based on his popular “Saturday Night Live” character, has just entered pre-production. Bonus: Forte’s voice graced Lord and Miller’s “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs” and “The Lego Movie.” Things are shaping up to be paw-some for “Strays.”