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Currently in the pitch stage, the film's premise centers on a true guy's gal (Bullock) who throws her all-male circle of friends into chaos when she embraces her feminine side.
Based on an original idea by Garner, the former Revolution Studios executive took it to Bullock and got her interest. The two then pulled in screenwriting brothers Tom and Tim Mullen.
Garner will produce through his Broken Road Prods., and Bullock will produce through her Fortis Films.
Lionsgate Films has acquired the script The Escape Artist from producer Todd Garner, who will produce through his company, Broken Road Prods.
Escape, an original comedy by brothers Jim and Brian Kehoe, centers on a relationship consultant who gets paid to break people up. Garner helped develop the script with the writers.
This is the first sale for the Kehoe brothers, who are repped by ICM and manager Marti Blumenthal.
Ben Haber will oversee the project for Broken Road.
Mike Paseornek and John Sacchi will handle the project for Lionsgate.
Columbia Pictures has pre-emptively acquired the spec Jack and Jill, by actor-scribe Ben Zook, for Jack Giarraputo and Adam Sandler to produce via their Sony-based Happy Madison banner. The comedy would serve as a possible starring vehicle for Sandler. Todd Garner brought the project to Happy Madison, and he will also produce through his Broken Road Prods. Columbia paid $350,000 against $1 million for the comedy, whose plot line the studio is keeping under wraps, though it is known to be about fraternal twins. Zook co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in the 1999 comedy Can't Stop Dancing. Actingwise, he is working on Lifetime's Lovespring and has Tom, Dick, and Harry set up at New Line and I Hate Valentine's Day at Revolution. Zook is repped by Viviano-Feldman Entertainment and attorney Karl Austen. Sandler next appears in Sony's comedy Click. He is repped by Endeavor and Brillstein-Grey. »
Columbia Pictures has acquired Jonathan Davis' baseball comedy pitch Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Todd Garner is producing through his Broken Road Prods.' shingle. Described as in the same vein as The Bad News Bears but with adults, the story chronicles what happens when a major league expansion team hires a statistician to assess the league's best available players. But that numbers-only strategy leaves the team with all of the league's head cases. Hunt Lowry also is producing. Ben Haber will shepherd the project for Broken Road. »
Julia Ormond is venturing into series television with CBS' drama pilot The Way, while Bobby Cannavale has landed the lead in Paul Reiser's untitled comedy pilot for CBS. Meanwhile, The West Wing co-star Bradley Whitford has joined Aaron Sorkin's new show, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, with Sarah Paulson and Timothy Busfield also coming on board the NBC drama. In other pilot castings, Katheryn Winnick has landed a lead role opposite Matthew Lillard in Fox's drama pilot 13 Graves; Luis Guzman and Nicole Sullivan have joined Jeff Goldblum in NBC's drama Raines; Jarrad Paul, Rhea Seehorn and Conor Dubin have been cast in NBC's comedy The Singles Table; William Baldwin has been tapped to star opposite Joe Pantoliano in CBS' drama pilot Waterfront; and Rebecca Mader has landed one of the leads in Jerry Bruckheimer's drama for Fox, American Crime. In pilot pickups, the CW has ordered Split Decision, a drama from former Revolution Studios partner Todd Garner and Aaron Spelling, with Simon West in negotiations to direct. »
Jessica Biel has signed on to co-star in Lee Tamahori's sci-fi thriller Next for Revolution Studios. Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore are toplining the film, which is based on Philip K. Dick's short story The Golden Man. Penned by Gary Goldman, the story centers on a man (Cage) with the unique ability to see future events and affect their outcome. Pursued by the FBI, which is seeking to use his abilities to prevent a global terrorist attack, he ultimately is faced with the choice of saving himself or the world. Biel will play Liz, the love interest of Cage's character, whom he must attempt to save from terrorists. Cage, Todd Garner, Norm Golightly, Graham King and Arne Schmidt are producing. Derek Dauchy is overseeing for Revolution, which has set a late March start date for the film. Biel, whose credits include London, Blade: Trinity and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, next appears in Neil Burger's The Illusionist. She is repped by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Karl Austen. »
Todd Garner's Broken Road Prods. is developing the comedy Common Enemy. Penned by Mark Banker, a TV comedy vet and former writer for the Onion, the story centers on an aspiring family therapist who meets his match after being introduced to his future in-laws -- the most dysfunctional group he has ever encountered. Garner will produce along with Dan Halsted (Any Given Sunday, Garden State) and Dana Ford, who is financing the project. »
7 items from 2006
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