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3 items from 2007

Roach has plan for Madison Avenue 'Strategy'

18 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Jay Roach has optioned Off Strategy, a hot romantic-comedy manuscript from Rob Vlock that's set on Madison Avenue. Jon Poll is attached to direct.

The project will be set up at Sony. Roach is attached as a producer.

The manuscript has not been bought but is making the rounds to New York lit houses, where it is attracting buzz from editors. The novel revolves around relationships and romance from a male perspective and centers on an ad copywriter who falls for a woman who turns out to be a client with whom the copywriter already has an acrimonious phone relationship. Sony is said to be positioning the project as a current-day You've Got Mail.

Sources who have seen the manuscript said it contains humor similar to The 40-Year-Old-Virgin, which Poll executive produced.

Roach, via his Everyman Pictures banner, has produced the hit comedies Borat and Meet the Parents. Roach and Poll also have collaborated on several projects, including Parents, Meet the Fockers and the upcoming MGM release Charlie Bartlett, which marks Poll's directorial debut. »

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All's well: Polo joins indie 'Two'

21 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- "Meet the Fockers" star Teri Polo is joining Dwight Yoakam, Mark Pellegrino, Mark Thompson and Kevin Pollak in the indie thriller "Two: Thirteen".

Polo stars as a detective overseeing the investigation of a serial killer with a love of Shakespeare. Thompson plays a police profiler who has returned from psychiatric leave and gets drawn into the case. Pellegrino plays a target of the killer, and Yoakam plays a colorful club owner who becomes a source during the investigation. Pollak has a supporting role as the psychiatrist who treats Thompson's character.

Thompson wrote the screenplay for the thriller, which director Charles Adelman is shooting in Los Angeles. The It's an Us Thing production is produced by Keith Walley, Ric Beddingfield and David Armstrong, who also serves as the film's director of photography.

Aside from her role in the two "Meet the Parents" films and their upcoming sequel, Polo recently has appeared in "Full of It", "Beyond Borders", NBC's "The West Wing", Lifetime Movie Network's "For the Love of a Child" and Hallmark Channel's "Love Is a Four Letter Word".

Thompson, best known as co-host of the "Mark and Brian" radio show on KLOS-FM Los Angeles, also wrote and starred in "Mother Ghost" and recently penned an adaptation of the novel "Mary Mary" for Revelations Entertainment. »

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Kaufman, Roach project a fit at Warner Bros.

23 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up an original comedy project from Ken Kaufman, with Jay Roach on board to direct. Roach also is producing with his Everyman Pictures partner Jennifer Perini.

The project, described as an off-center comedy and bought as a pitch, follows two party-loving male friends who are as close as brothers. When one of them dies in a fluke accident, the other succumbs to grief, until he meets a stranger who eerily resembles his dead friend, only shorter and nerdier. He then sets out to corrupt him and refashion him (a la Vertigo) into his lost buddy.

Greg Silverman is overseeing for Warners along with Elishia Holmes.

Kaufman's credits include Universal's Curious George as well as Columbia's The Missing, directed by Ron Howard, and Warners' Space Cowboys for director Clint Eastwood. He is repped by Endeavor and attorney Keith Fleer.

Roach, who produced Borat with Sacha Baron Cohen, was the helmer behind Meet the Parents and its offspring, Meet the Fockers, as well as the Austin Powers movies. »

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