Will Ferrell, Temple Hill Team for Arctic Comedy 'Ice Pack'

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Sony Pictures has picked up the rights to an article published in the New York Times Magazine.

Will Ferrell is heading to the North Pole.

Sony Pictures has picked up movie rights to Ice Pack: An Insurance Salesman and a Doctor Walk Into a Bar, and End Up at the North Pole, a comedic story of an unorthodox expedition to the Arctic.

Ferrell is attached to star in the project, which will be produced by Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.

Published in The New York Times Magazine, the article told of a ragtag group of ordinary, middle-aged guys from Minnesota — the aforementioned salesman and doctor, plus their geography teacher pal as well as a French Canadian with the awesome name Jean Luc Bombardier — who spontaneously decide over a beer to mount a snowmobile expedition to the North Pole. They were rejected for funding by the National Geographic Society, and whiskey was the prized ration that they took with them, but the team overcame many obstacles and reached their destination in the late 1960s.

Jonathan Kadin will oversee the film for the studio. Ferrell last starred in the comedies Daddy’s Home and Zoolander 2.