BREAKING: New Line has bought Spy Guys, an action comedy pitch to be scripted by Due Date scribe Adam Sztykiel. Jorma Taccone will direct and John Rickard will produce through his Rickard Pictures banner along with the Lonely Island Boys.
While attending a friend’s wedding in Europe, a CIA operative is framed and becomes an enemy of the state. Now on his own, he’s forced to reveal his true identity to his average Joe buddies to enlist their help. When they aid his escape, they become wanted as accomplices and must go on the run together to clear their names. This is a big fun movie in the along the lines of Ocean’s 11 meets Mission: Impossible, and the hope is that Taccone will attract a hot young ensemble cast. Taccone, who was part of the team responsible for all those SNL Digital Shorts, helmed MacGruber.
Rickard has a first look deal at New Line and is separately developing Rampage and Redemption for the studio. He is also an exec producer on Jack The Giant Killer and was a co-producer on Final Destination 5, Horrible Bosses, Hall Pass and A Nightmare On Elm Street. Michael Disco and Sam Brown will oversee Spy Guys for New Line.
Adam Sztykiel is repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone. Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer and Andy Samberg (The Lonely Island Boys) are repped by UTA and Mosaic.