Chernin Entertainment and Gary Sanchez Productions’ Match Maker is based on Don Van Matta Jr’s ESPN The Magazine article “The Match Maker: Bobby Riggs, The Mafia And The Battle Of The Sexes,” centering on the 1973 exhibition tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs that drew 50 million …
UPDATE: NBC Picks Up Comedy Pilots From Dan Mazer & Tom Werner, Gary Sanchez Prods, And JJ Philbin & Jason Katims
2ND UPDATE, 4:40 PM: Here is NBC‘s third and final comedy pilot order of the day for Ellen More Or Less (previously Formerly Fat Girl), written by JJ Philbin and executive produced by Jason Katims, who is behind NBC’s new comedy series About A Boy. The single-camera, from Universal TV and Katims’ True Jack Prods, is loosely based on the nonfiction book 10 Lessons From A Former Fat Girl and centers on an average-size woman who, after losing 100 pounds, begins reinventing herself in life and love. NBC gave the project, executive produced by Philbin, Katims and Michelle Lee a pilot production commitment in September. The pickup means that both high-profile single-camera comedy projects this season about a formerly fat protagonist have gotten a green light — Fox recently ordered Fatrick, which is already casting. For those counting at home, NBC has picked up 7 comedy pilots so far, plus series orders to the Tina Fey/Robert Carlock project and Mr. Robinson.
UPDATE, 4:18 PM: NBC has also picked up to pilot Mission Control, a Universal TV-produced comedy from studio-based Gary Sanchez Productions and executive producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. How To Be A Gentleman creator-star David Hornsby wrote and exec produces the pilot, a workplace ensemble said to be in the tone of Anchorman. Set in 1962, it examines what happens when a strong woman butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon.
NBC Gives Pilot Order To Comedy ‘Bad Judge’ From Anne Heche & Gary Sanchez; Kate Walsh To Star & Executive Produce
NBC has handed an early pilot order to Bad Judge, a single-camera comedy starring and executive produced by former Private Practice star Kate Walsh. The single-camera project, from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods and actress Anne Heche, was written by Chad Kultgen (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) based on an idea brought to Gary Sanchez by Heche. It centers on a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman (Walsh) who plays with the law, and whose life on the edge is constantly in balance as she also happens to be a judge in the criminal court system. Universal TV, where Gary Sanchez Prods. and Heche have deals, is producing. Heche and Jill Messick executive produce alongside Walsh, Kultgen, Ferrell and McKay. Bad Judge was a late pitch buy last development season, and emerged as a contender for an off-cycle pilot order in March when Walsh started circling the project.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal is in talks to acquire the Lauryn Kahn comedy He’s F#ckin’ Perfect, a project that had been set up at Fox 2000 but has since come back into play. The deal for the 2011 Black List script out of turnaround still has Jake Szymanski attached to direct the screenplay by Kahn, the former assistant to Adam McKay who cut her teeth writing, performing and directing shorts for McKay and Will Ferrell’s Funny Or Die (Szymanski is also a Funny Or Die alum). McKay, Ferrell and Kevin Messick are producing the pic under their Gary Sanchez Productions banner. The plot revolves around a social media-savvy woman who uses the Internet to research the men her friends are dating to weed out potential losers. Things take a turn when she comes across a seemingly perfect man and tries to get him for herself, eventually forcing her to think about what a “perfect” match for her really is. Emma Stone had been circling this one before Fox 2000 first picked up the spec in December 2011 for $1 million against $1.5 million.
EXCLUSIVE: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods has teamed with actress Anne Heche to produce Bad Judge, a single-camera half-hour comedy for NBC. Written by Chad Kultgen (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone), Bad Judge is based on an idea brought to Gary Sanchez by Heche. It centers on a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman who plays with the law, and whose life on the edge is constantly in balance as she also happens to be a judge in the Criminal Court system. Universal Television, where Gary Sanchez has a deal, is producing. Heche and Jill Messick will executive produce alongside Ferrell and McKay.
The Bridesmaids rip-offs were inevitable. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay through their Gary Sanchez productions just released the red band trailer for Bachelorette starring Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, and James Marsden. Written by ex-Harvey Weinstein assistant Leslye Headland (FX’s Terriers), the low-budget indie generated some buzz …
Low-budget high-concept filmmakers Andrew Gurland and Huck Botko have been set by Sony Pictures Entertainment to write and direct Wheels, a high school road movie that will be produced by Gary Sanchez Productions and Principato-Young. Gurland and Botko wrote and produced The Last Exorcism and wrote and directed The Virginity …