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Michael Eisner’s Tornante Taps Jim & Brian Kehoe To Script Olympic Village Comedy

23 September 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company is following its Netflix show BoJack Horseman by creating some feature film action. Tornante has set the comedy writing duo of Jim & Brian Kehoe to pen an untitled comedy in a mid-six-figure deal. I’m told the idea centers on the Olympic Village. The siblings have several projects around town, including their 2012 Black List entry Cherries, which has Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg producing for Good Universe alongside Dmg, with John Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg directing.

The Kehoes are currently rewriting Thomas Lennon & Ben Garant’s Disney script The Wheelman, and they sold their action comedy pitch Top Of The Food Chain for mid-six figures to Lionsgate, with Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films and Dmg producing. Cherries sold as a spec shortly after Endgame purchased the Kehoes’ previous spec script, You Complete Us, for Adam Shankman and Offspring. The scribes are repped by »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Michael Eisner’s Tornante Developing Olympic Village Comedy (Exclusive)

19 September 2014 11:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Eisner’s Tornante Co. is making a splash in the feature film business, developing an Olympic Village comedy.

Tornante has hired the comedy writing team Jim and Brian Kehoe to pen an untitled internal comedy idea. The logline is being kept under wraps, but centers around the Olympic Village.

Eisner, who was the CEO of Disney for 17 years, founded Tornante in 2005 and acquired Topps baseball card publishers, Internet chore site TaskRabbit and made-for-Internet production shingle Vuguru.

Eisner signed a worldwide distribution deal in late 2012 with Universal, under which Uni agreed to put up the P&A for a certain amount of qualifying pictures, returning Eisner to the moviemaking business.

Netflix acquired Tornante’s animated comedy “Bojack Horseman,” with a voice cast including Will Arnett and Aaron Paul, late last year in the streamer’s first adult-oriented animated original.

The Kehoe Brothers sold their Black List script “Cherries” to Good Universe in 2012 with Seth Rogen, »

- Dave McNary

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Disney Revving Up Action-Comedy ‘The Wheelman’ (Exclusive)

27 March 2014 11:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney is revving up the family action-comedy “The Wheelman,” bringing on the sibling writing team of Jim and Brian Kehoe to script.

Panay Film’s Andrew Panay, Adam Blum and Jared Iacino are producing. Panay’s credits include “Wedding Crashers” and “Hot Tub Time Machine 2.”

Night at the Museum” writers Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant wrote the original script, in which a Las Vegas limo driver is forced to drive around a mob boss’ bratty son and his friends. The driver gets in a little too deep when the mafioso goes missing.

Kristin Burr and Louie Provost are overseeing “The Wheelman” for the studio.

The Kehoe brothers recently sold action-comedy pitch “Top of the Food Chain” to Lionsgate and Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films. China-based Dmg Entertainment (“Iron Man 3″) has come aboard as a producer to support an international release.

The brothers’ Black List script “Cherries” is »

- Dave McNary

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Tyler Perry, Lionsgate Buy Action-Comedy Pitch Described As "'City Slickers' Meets 'The Grey'"

18 March 2014 8:55 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

On the heels of the piece I published yesterday on Tyler Perry being at somewhat of a crossroads, comes news this morning that the filmmaker, via his 34th Street Films, and Lionsgate, have picked up an action/comedy pitch from screenwriters Jim and Brian Kehoe, titled Top Of The Food Chain, which is being described as City Slickers meets The Grey. Story specifics aren't yet public; and neither is whether Perry will star in the film, or simply produce. China-based Dmg Entertainment, which co-produced Iron Man 3 and Looper, is also on-board to produce, along with Perry, Ozzie AreuMatt Moore and Chris Cowles.  Dmg »

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Lionsgate, Tyler Perry's 34th Street Acquire Comedy Pitch 'Top of the Food Chain'

17 March 2014 9:22 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Lionsgate and Tyler Perry's 34th Street Films have bought an action-comedy pitch from screenwriters Jim and Brian Kehoe for mid-six figures, sources close to the deal said. To give the film extra traction internationally, they are partnering with China-based Dmg Entertainment, which co-produced Iron Man 3 and Looper -- both big hits in China in recent years.  The pitch, titled Top of the Food Chain, is described as a cross between City Slickers and The Grey. Photos: 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' 'Mockingjay,' 'Spider-Man 2' Tyler Perry, Ozzie

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