EXCLUSIVE: Ass Backwards duo Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael have sold a feature pitch to Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions, which the writer-actresses will script as a starring vehicle for themselves. Ferrell, McKay, and Jessica Elbaum are set to produce the new project for Gary Sanchez. Plot details are being kept under wraps but the pitch is an original story from Raphael and Wilson, who co-wrote the Kate Hudson-Anne Hathaway comedy Bride Wars and collaborated on Sundance 2012 entry Ass Backwards. The latter, a buddy road trip pic starring Raphael and Wilson as a pair of lovable loser BFFs, is currently in limited release (check out the trailer here). Meanwhile, Raphael and Wilson have been busy. In addition to selling two half-hour projects to NBC via ABC Studios and ABC after inking a script deal with ABC in August, Raphael is shooting New Regency’s Business Trip opposite Vince Vaughn and will turn up in Paramount’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. She’s repped by UTA, Silver Lining Entertainment, and Ziffren Brittenham. Wilson, a client of UTA, Odenkirk Provissiero, and Ziffren Brittenham, most recently appeared in Happy Endings and will be seen in David Fincher’s upcoming Gone Girl.
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 …