“Saturday Night Live” alum Will Ferrell has a new project in the works with HBO that is a bit of a departure for the comedian. Deadline.com reports that the project, on which Ferrell is partnering with Major League Baseball along with Funny Or Die, is aimed at helping out in the fight against cancer.
“Ferrell will head to five different spring training ballparks tomorrow in Arizona where he will honor the historic feat of Bert Campaneris 50 years ago by playing every position on the field for ten different teams in the same days,” Deadline reports. “The day will be covered on social media (#FerrellTakesTheField) and will be chronicled in the exclusive HBO special, which will air later this year and also feature MLB players, managers, coaches, executives and fans.”
HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo appears to be a Will Ferrell fan. Said Lombardo: “We hope to always be in the Will Ferrell business. This latest collaboration is one of those things only Will could pull off. I can’t wait to see him take the field.”
Added Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr.: “Spring training affords an appropriate setting where our game can serve as the backdrop for an event that will benefit organizations that fight cancer. Will is a big fan of our game, and many of us in baseball — among our clubs, players and our millions of fans — are big fans of his.”
Executive producers on the HBO special include Ferrell, in association with Gary Sanchez Productions, Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, and Stuart Miller, the report notes.