Joey McFarland is an American film producer. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, he attended DeSales High School and the University of Louisville. In 2010, with producing partner Riza Aziz, McFarland co-founded Red Granite Pictures. McFarland oversees the company's day-to-day operations, its business divisions, personnel, and all matters relating to Red Granite Pictures’ creative developments and film slate. Under his leadership, Red Granite’s slate of films have generated more than $835 million in worldwide box office revenue. In 2011 Variety named McFarland on their list of Top 10 Producers to Watch.
McFarland's first production under the Red Granite banner was the hit romantic comedy Friends with Kids, written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt. In 2012 McFarland went on to executive produce the dramatic thriller Out of the Furnace, directed by Scott Cooper and starring Christian Bale. Next, McFarland produced The Wolf of Wall Street, based on Jordan Belfort's best-selling novel of the same name. Adapted into a screenplay by Terence Winter, the film was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey and Margot Robbie. Released on December 25, 2013 by Paramount Pictures, The Wolf of Wall Street achieved tremendous box office success and garnered critical acclaim, including a Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy for Leonardo DiCaprio and five Academy Award nominations including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture, for which McFarland received a nomination.
In 2013 McFarland completed production on Horns, a supernatural thriller directed by Alexandre Aja and starring Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple. The film was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Joe Hill and was released October 31, 2014 by Dimension-RADiUS. McFarland was also a producer on the hit sequel Dumb and Dumber To, directed by Pete and Bobby Farrelly, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Released on November 14, 2014 by Universal Pictures, it opened at number one at the box office.
McFarland was an executive producer on the film Daddy's Home, directed by Sean Anders and John Morris. Shot in New Orleans, the film re-teamed Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg for the first time since 2010. Daddy's Home opened number two at the box office, becoming Red Granite's highest grossing opening weekend and its highest grossing domestic film.
Most recently, McFarland produced Papillon, a re-imagining of the 1973 classic, directed by Michael Noer, starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek. Papillon completed principal photography in December 2016 and is positioned for release in 2018.