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Sony Pictures Acquiring R-Rated Politically Incorrect Spec ‘The Politician’

By | Thursday November 14, 2013 @ 12:29pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures is finalizing a deal for The Politician, the spec script I wrote about yesterday, written by Theodore Bressman and Matthew Bass and produced by Mark Gordon and Point Grey Pictures’ Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver. The deal landed in the mid- against high-six-figure range for the scribes, who were formerly the assistants of Rogen and Goldberg.

Related: Hot Spec: ‘The Politician’, Bad Santa As D.C. Pol

The film is an action comedy that follows a disgraced Governor and his accomplice on the run from the FBI and U.S. Marshals. Along the way, he is kidnapped by a disgruntled constituent, who is crazier than the pol. It’s Bad Santa meets Midnight Run, and the parallel would be Elliot Spitzer was busted for prostitutes, and when he feds discovered he was a white collar criminal, he fled custody. He’s not the only pol in trouble, as there is Toronto mayor Rob Ford hanging on after admitting to drug use, and Anthony Weiner, whose mayoral campaign went flaccid after it was revealed he had gone back to sexting under the moniker Carlos Danger. It is certainly a topical premise. Read More »

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Good Universe Sets Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg To Direct Sex Romp; Seth Rogen And Evan Goldberg To Produce

By | Wednesday October 2, 2013 @ 2:08pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: At Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake’s Good Universe, Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg are set to direct the racy untitled comedy once called Cherries, and Point Grey’s Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver are teaming with the directors and DMG Entertainment’s Chris Fenton to produce an R-rated comedy that will start production early next year. Hurwitz & Schlossberg are doing a pass on the original script by sibling scribes Brian & Jim Kehoe.

Here’s the premise, which already has me thinking of who could play the three fathers who are determined to prevent their daughters from making good on a pact to lose their virginity on prom night. The Point Grey guys have a knack for edgy comedies (This Is The End), and so do Hurwitz & Schlossberg, who wrote and scripted American Reunion after writing Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, then writing and directing Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay, and writing and co-producing A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas. The film will also be exec produced by Good Universe’s Kahane and Drake, and Chris Cowles. Rogen and Goldberg are currently in production on The Interview, which they’re co-directing and producing, with Rogen starring. Good Universe’s Spencer Wong is overseeing.

Hurwitz & Schlossberg are repped by CAA and the Point Grey guys by UTA. The … Read More »

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