The name Peter Farrelly carries a lot more respect on it now that he’s an Oscar-winning filmmaker. The Best Picture award given to his film Green Book wasn’t without controversy, however, with many saying it was just another movie by a white director putting a pretty face on racism. Whatever one thinks about Farrelly, there’s a lot of attention on what he’s doing next, The Greatest Beer Run Ever, which looks to be assembling one Hell of a cast and may have a generous backer in Apple.
Deadline reports Zac Efron, Russell Crowe, and Bill Murray are in talks for The Greatest Beer Run Ever. Damn. That’s the kind of star-powered lineup that would attract a streamer like Apple, which is in talks to produce and distribute the film.
Based on the book The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty and War, the film is set in 1967 and tells the true story of author Chick Donohue as he leaves New York City to have a beer with his buddies fighting in Vietnam. Farrelly will co-write the script with Brian Currie and Pete Jones.
Farrelly’s Green Book star Viggo Mortensen had been eyeing a role but that seems to have fallen through. I’m guessing that part has gone to Crowe. Efron is expected to play Donohue.
My guess is Farrelly will take heat for depicting with kids gloves the Vietnam War. Just call it a hunch.