Mark Wahlberg and Paul Walter Hauser to headline Balls Up

Peter Farrelly will direct the action comedy for Amazon MGM Studios
Mark Wahlberg-Paul Walter Hauser-Balls Up
Mark Wahlberg (L), Paul Walter Hauser (R)

Actors Mark Wahlberg and Paul Walter Hauser are joining forces for the action-comedy Balls Up, which Peter Farrelly will direct for Amazon MGM Studios. In the Skydance production, American marketing executives (Wahlberg and Walter Hauser) undergo termination after losing out on a major sponsorship deal. Soon, their drunken acts land them in further trouble, with people across the country hunting them down.

The screenplay comes from the duo of Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, known for their work on Deadpool & Wolverine. Dana Goldberg, David Ellison, Don Granger, and Andrew Muscato of Skydance will produce the film, alongside Wernick and Reese.

This project is the fourth collaboration between Amazon MGM Studios and Skydance Media. As for Farrelly, it is a reunion with Amazon MGM Studios following Ricky Stanicky, starring Zac Efron, John Cena, Jermaine Fowler, and Andrew Santino.

Wahlberg has a busy slate ahead, including Netflix's The Union with Halle Berry, director Mel Gibson's thriller Flight Risk, and filmmaker Shane Black's Play Dirty. Hauser, fresh off voicing Embarrassment in Disney/Pixar's Inside Out 2, has The Instigators and Tony Tost's directorial debut Americana in the pipeline. His upcoming projects also include a Chris Farley biopic, a Naked Gun reboot, Fantastic Four, and Deliver Me from Nowhere.

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