EXCLUSIVE: Fox has picked up for development 2 projects from Friends alumni: Brian Buckner’s How the Other Half Hamptons, which is produced by Brett Ratner, and R. Lee Fleming Jr.’s Anthem, produced by Topher Grace. Both are from 20th Century Fox TV. Hamptons, which 20th TV co-produces with Ratner’s RatTV, is part of the hot trend of book adaptations this buying season. It is based Jasmin Rosemberg’s novel, which in turn was inspired by Rosenberg’s New York Post column about her Hamptons share-house experience. In the vein of Animal House, Hamptons revolves around friends Jamie, Rachel and Allison who don’t have the old-school Hamptons money but still want to enjoy the trappings of the Hamptons lifestyle and find the men of their dreams, so they pile into a shared house together. Buckner, who works on HBO’s True Blood, is writing the script and is executive producing with Ratner. This is Ratner’s second sale this development season. He is also executive producing writer Sascha Penn’s drama Unknown at Fox. Ratner and Buckner are with CAA.
Two alums from the underrated ABC comedy (and old favorite of mine) The Job, co-star Diane Farr and co-creator/executive producer Peter Tolan, have set up hourlong projects at Fox. Farr’s project is based on her upcoming semi-autobiographical book You Can’t Love One of Them, while Tolan’s is a medical drama written by Glen Mazzara (The Shield). Both have received script commitments.
Stoller, a member of the Judd Apatow gang (he started off as a writer on Apatow’s Fox series Undeclared before segueing to features), will write a comedy project for 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment, which will be shopped to the networks in the coming weeks. (Stoller is expected to work on his TV idea after he fulfills his current feature film commitments.) He will executive produce alongside Chernin and Katherine Pope.
UTA-repped Stoller recently directed Forgetting Sarah Marshall and wrote and directed its spinoff Get Me To the Greek. His feature writing credits also include Yes Men and the upcoming Gulliver’s Travels and The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made. He is one of two major feature comedy writers 20th TV recently signed for development, along with Meet the Parents scribe John Hamburg.