How to Increase Your Wealth by $80 Million Hiring Will Ferrell
He used to be the fourth most overpaid actor in Hollywood with a return of only 650%, but today we can almost double it to at least 1211%.
This is the fourth article in an ongoing series about the most overpaid actors and actresses in Hollywood.
We just made another billion with Rogue One. How should we reinvest it in more films?
You should read How to Increase Your Wealth by $300 Million Hiring Adam Sandler, How to Increase Your Wealth by $75 Million Hiring Liam Neeson, and How to increase your wealth by $140 million hiring Denzel Washington first if you haven't read them yet before you go any further.
If you want to generate a 1211% return on your $6.61 million investment, then you need to sell at least $160.09 million.
Two-time Golden Globe nominee Will Ferrell did sell more than $302 million with the 1999 spy action comedy film nominated for an Academy Award and also for a Golden Globe Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me back in 2000 but you could make the argument most people buying the tickets to see this sequel were more interested in Mike Myers and Heather Graham.
Will Ferrell did sell more than $220 million with the 2003 Christmas comedy film Elf but you could make the argument James Caan is responsible for at least one-half of the worldwide ticket sales.
Will Ferrell did sell more than $131 million with the 2005 romantic comedy fantasy film Bewitched but you could make the argument Nicole Kidman is responsible for at least one-half of the worldwide ticket sales.
Nicole Kidman and Thandie Newton worked together in Flirting.
Will Ferrell did sell more than $163 million with the 2006 sports comedy film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby but you could make the argument John C. Reilly, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Sacha Baron Cohen were responsible for at least three-fourths of the worldwide ticket sales.
You cannot hire Michael Clarke Duncan anymore because he died in 2012 but if you need a black male with 49 years of age or younger to play a supporting role then you can still hire Barkhad Abdi, Jaye Davidson, Terrence Howard, or Chiwetel Ejiofor.
I realize this is a very short list and that is a tragedy.
Will Ferrell did sell more than $145 million with the 2007 sports comedy film Blades of Glory but you could make the argument Craig T. Nelson, Will Arnett, and Jenna Fischer were responsible for at least three-fourths of the worldwide ticket sales.
Four-time Emmy Award nominee Will Arnett is the writer of the television shows Running Wilde and Flaked which means you could also hire him to write your comedy.
Will Ferrell did sell more than $128 million with the 2008 comedy film Step Brothers but you could make the argument Mary Steenburgen and John C. Reilly were responsible for at least two-thirds of the worldwide ticket sales.
John C. Reilly also wrote the story and he also wrote additional story material for the animated film nominated for an Academy Award Wreck-it Ralph back in 2012 which means you could also hire him to write your comedy.
NOTE TO MICHELLE MURDOCCA: I suggest you hire John C. Reilly, Sam Levine, and/or Jared Stern as screenwriters for Hotel Transylvania 4.
Will Ferrell did sell more than $104 million with the 2012 political satire comedy film The Campaign but you could make the argument Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, Brian Cox, and Zach Galifianakis were responsible for at least five-sixths of the worldwide ticket sales.
Will Ferrell did sell more than $173 million with the 2013 comedy film Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and it is likely Paramount Pictures, a Viacom (NYSE: VIA) subsidiary will release a sequel in 2021 or earlier with a budget of $75 million or more.
Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and Judd Apatow are the producers of this critically-acclaimed and financially successful franchise and they should work together again to create a totally new intellectual property.
Will Ferrell did sell more than $111 million with the 2015 comedy film Get Hard but you could make the argument Kevin Hart and four-time Golden Globe nominee Craig T. Nelson are responsible for at least two-thirds of the global worldwide sales.
Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson worked together in Central Intelligence.
This is the second time Will Ferrell and Craig T. Nelson are working together and the combination seems to be working. I think Will Ferrell should simply demand a supporting role for Craig T. Nelson on each of his films from now on, with the exception of animated films and sequels.
Craig T. Nelson is 72 years old and he has a net worth of more than $45 million.
Will Ferrell did sell more than $240 million with the 2015 comedy film Daddy's Home but you could make the argument Mark Wahlberg is responsible for at least one-half of the global worldwide sales.
As you can see, Will Ferrell has never produced a film with worldwide sales of more than $300 million but that could change in the near future if he works together again with Kevin Hart, Mark Wahlberg, Craig T. Nelson, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, and/or John C. Reilly.
The 2010 animated film Megamind does not count.
Here are some ideas for remakes, sequels, prequels and inbetweenquels starring Will Ferrell.
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Maybe I will get lucky like the writer Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the article The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon originally published in GQ, a subsidiary of Advance Publications and they will display my name on the big screen in a credit like this:
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Maybe I will get luckier and they will hire me to write a few pages of the screenplay like Academy Award nominee Jeremy Scahill, the author of the book Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield.
This comedy film directed by Todd Phillips or Adam McKay takes place in the year 2020 after a ruthless Secretary of Education played by two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey cuts the annual budget by 90% from $73 billion to $7.3 billion and forces all the schools within the United States of America to hire teachers from Canada and Mexico for as little as $1.50 per hour.
The minimum wage is lowered for teachers and a new type of Visa is created exclusively for the teachers.
Most teachers quit their jobs and they are quickly replaced with teachers born in Canada and Mexico.
Some teachers find jobs working as cashiers at Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) or flipping burgers at McDonald's or selling televisions at Best Buy for minimum wage.
Our heroes Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, and Jeremy Piven are now married and are responsible adults with children and all have college degrees and they work as teachers.
After they get fired they try several odd jobs to survive like washing cars, having sex with widows, and working in the poppy fields of California because prostitution and heroin are legal in the year 2020.
Needless to say, they work extremely hard and the salaries are extremely low. There has to be a better way.
One of them has an epiphany and realizes all those teachers from Mexico currently being hired by Uncle Sam are leaving a school back in Mexico with a lot of vacancies.
Maybe they can work as teachers in Mexico.
One of them proposes a road trip to Best Buy and they visit the electronics department and they acquire an Apple watch and they download and install an application called MicrosoftTranslator.
They can use this application to communicate with the students in Spanish.
Another one of them searches "How can I learn how to speak Spanish in six months or less?" on Bing and he finds a website sponsored by the Swiss government called Lingvist and they download the free application to their phones and tablets and they quickly begin to learn how to speak Spanish.
Needless to say, they travel all the way down to Mexico and they are hired as teachers on the spot.
You can buy an entire house in Mexico with as little as $20,000.
This is not a down payment. This is the entire cost of the house.
They quickly learn everything is cheaper in Mexico and you can feed your entire family three times each day with as little as $3.
Energy and water are provided exclusively by the government for a very low price and you can buy an entire bottle of tequila for the same price of a single tequila shot back in the United States of America.
Basically, they are going to learn how to live with less cash.
I imagine a film with Academy Award winner Rita Moreno as the Principal, Academy Award Nominee Salma Hayek as one of the teachers, and Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen as the antagonists or perhaps Danny McBride and Walton Goggins.
Martin Sheen or Danny Trejo could play the Superintendent.
This is a sequel to the film Old School.
This time our heroes Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn are going to work for Microsoft and Craig T. Wilson is the boss.
You can lure every geek in the entire world if you hire the entire cast of the television shows Silicon Valley and The Big Bang Theory.
Will Ferrell could play the lead this time and Vince Vaughn should not work in this film as the writer. On the other hand, Luke Wilson should definitely work on this film as one of the writers.
The villain of the story is obviously Lex Luthor played by Jesse Eisenberg if you can convince AT&T (NYSE: T) to let you use that name. Alternatively, the villain could be Mark Zuckerberg played by Andy Samberg.
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos could appear in this film playing themselves as Microsoft's largest shareholders and board members.
I also think you should hire Ashton Kutcher and Michael Fassbender as a young and old Steve Jobs respectively.
A modest budget of $40 million could turn a small profit.
This sports comedy never had a chance. The budget was $45 million.
I suggest a biographic and dramatic film starring Will Ferrell as the poor and loving husband and father trying to help his son get a sports scholarship in the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, or any other country in the world where soccer is very popular.
I realize hiring Will Ferrell for a dramatic role is a huge financial risk but if you hire other well-known actors and actresses with two or more Golden Globe nominations, you may find a more mature audience.
Will Ferrell was great in the critically-acclaimed film Stranger than Fiction and if you also hire two-time Golden Globe Jim Carrey for a dramatic role and Jason Sudeikis as the coach then you could create a really cool film.
Zach Helm should definitely work on this sequel but not as the sole writer or director.
This sequel is risky and a modest budget of $25 million should be selected.
The Studio Boss
Ben Falcone produces, writes and directs this comedy film with a modest budget of $29 million or less.
Melissa McCarthy, Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Chris Henchy work together again as the producers.
Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, and Steve Mallory work together again as the writers.
I am sure all of them have experienced a lot of very interesting events with studio bosses over the years.
All they need to do is collect the funniest ones from every studio boss they know and create an amalgamated character based on several real life studio bosses.
Jeremy Piven could play Ari Gold again assuming AT&T allows you to use that name and maybe you could hire some of the cast of the television series Entourage to play very similar characters.
Warner Bros. Pictures already tried to make money with a film based on the television series Entourage back in 2015 and they failed miserably.
Ari Gold is totally worthless now.
Maybe you can resurrect them from the dead. Who knows?
Just don't hire Doug Ellin or Rob Weiss to write your comedy film.
About the Creator
Alejandro Guillú Mendoza
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