EXCLUSIVE: After a breakout turn helming the sleeper comedy Pitch Perfect, Jason Moore is in negotiations to direct The Nest, a Universal Pictures comedy that shapes up as an imminent post-30 Rock star vehicle for Tina Fey. The comedy’s based on an original idea by Paula Pell, who wrote the script. Fey is producing through her Little Stranger Inc banner.
In the comedy, two thirtysomething sisters come home to find their parents’ house has been put up for sale. They spend a last wild weekend together, bonding and feuding and finally growing up.
It will be next for Moore and possibly next for Fey after she wrapped seven seasons as creator, writer, producer and star of 30 Rock. Pell worked with Fey as a writer for Saturday Night Live, where Fey was longtime Weekend Update host and the show’s head writer. Pell has been at SNL 17 years, and is still a part-time writer there. Since The Nest is Pell’s first feature script, it makes her an overnight success after nearly two decades. She was an exec producer on Judd Apatow’s most recent comedy This Is 40, and she has just set up a follow up script with Apatow and Benderspink called Business Trip.
Fey will soon be seen starring in the Focus Features comedy Admission, and comes off a killer turn hosting the Golden Globes with Amy Poehler.
Moore made his feature directing debut on Pitch Perfect, the Anna Kendrick-Rebel Wilson starrer that Universal released in October. Pitch Perfect, which cost $17 million, has grossed north of $108 million worldwide. Moore’s best known for his extensive Broadway work, directing such stage hits as Shrek The Musical, Avenue Q, and Steel Magnolias, as well as Jerry Springer: The Opera At Carnegie Hall. He is currently working on Tales Of The City, which has music from the Scissor Sisters and which opens on Broadway in 2014 after premiering at the American Conservatory Theatre. He also helmed episodes of Dawson’s Creek, Everwood, One Tree Hill and Brothers And Sisters.
Moore, Pell and Fey are repped by WME, and Fey’s also repped by 3 Arts and Cliff Gilbert-Lurie.