Comedic actors Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are set to star in the Richard Linklater directed film project Larry's Kidney. The movie is an adaptation of Daniel Asa Rose's comic memoir.
According to The Wrap, "Ferrell will play author Daniel Asa Rose, who traveled to China with his black-sheep cousin Larry (Galifianakis) and his mail-order bride to save Larry's life by skirting the law and securing him a kidney transplant." They go on to explain that the story, "balances comedy with life-and-death stakes. Another element of the project's appeal is its Chinese setting."
Ferrell and Galifianakis starred together in the comedy The Campaign. This new project sounds like it will be a lot better. The film also has a solid director attached to it. In case your not familiar with Linklater's name, he's worked on films such as Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, After Midnight, Dazed and Confused, and most recently Boyhood.
Production is expected to start in the spring. Here's a detailed description of the story:
Larry Feldman desperately needed a kidney. After two god-awful years on dialysis, watching his life ebb away while waiting on a transplant list behind 74,000 other Americans, the gun-toting couch potato decided to risk everything and travel to China, the controversial kingdom of organ transplants. But Larry urgently needed his cousin Daniel's help . . . even though they have been on the outs with each other for years.
Sure, Chinese law forbids transplants to Westerners, but that didn't faze Larry. He was confident he could shake out a single pre-loved kidney from the country's 1.3 billion people. But wait: Larry was never one to not get his money's worth. Since he was already shelling out for a trip to China, he decided to make it a twofer: He arranged to pick up an (e-)mail-order bride while he was at it. After a tireless search on the Internet, he already knew the woman he wanted.
Backed by a quarter-million-dollar disability settlement (was it the icicle falling on his head or the truck rear-ending him?) and armed with an all-purpose letter of recommendation from a devoted nun, Larry ventured forth from his Florida condo on an unlikely search for life and love in the most cryptic country on earth. Conflicted about the ethical issues surrounding medical tourism, and with no time to cultivate even a single Chinese contact, Daniel left the next day, on his own dime.
So begins the quest of two star-crossed cousins to rejuvenate Larry's failing body and ever-romantic heart, while avoiding getting tossed into a Chinese slammer. An unforgettable adventure filled with Red Guards who waltz at midnight and former enemies who prove more true than family,Larry's Kidney is the funniest yet most heartwarming book of the year.