Steve Pink (Accepted, Hot Tub Time Machine) has been tapped to direct Disney’s Overnight, about a father and son who win an inaugural sleepover in a toy store the same night thieves decide to rob it. This is the project that’s been described as “Home Alone in a toy store.” Pink and writing partner Jeff Morris are currently penning The Yank for TriStar. Pink most recently helmed the comedy remake About Last Night and has the sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2 hitting screens this Christmas for MGM and Paramount. He’s also attached to the Anna Faris-Chris Pratt pic Vacation Friends at Fox. Overnight, formerly known as Overnight On 42nd Street was courting Ruben Fleischer back in February. Pink is repped by UTA, Mosaic and Morris Yorn Barnes. Morris is repped by UTA and Principato Young.
EXCLUSIVE: TriStar has pre-emptively bought The Yank, a pitch for a star vehicle for Will Ferrell to play a mild mannered insurance courier who gets caught up in a conspiracy to steal the Crown Jewels in London. The fish out of water comedy will be written by Steve Pink and his writing partner Jeff Morris, and Mosaic is producing with Gary Sanchez Productions.
It’s the second significant star-driven pitch material deal this month for Tom Rothman’s division, after beating out several suitors to close a deal to finance and distribute Ricki And The Flash, a hot package that has Meryl Streep playing a hard rocking mama, with Jonathan Demme directing a script by Juno‘s Diablo Cody, and Marc Platt and Mason Novick producing. TriStar is separately prepping for production on the Robert Zemeckis-directed 3-D experiential film To Walk The Clouds about the French aerialist Phillipe Petit who crossed between the Twin Towers on a wire in 1974. Charlotte Lebon, Ben Kingsley and James Badge Dale just signed on to star with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Pink and Morris are repped by UTA, with Pink managed by Mosaic and Morris by Principato-Young. Ferrell is repped by CAA and Mosaic.
EXCLUSIVE: In a near seven-figure deal, Fox has acquired the spec script Vacation Friends by the sibling scribe team Tom Mullen & Tim Mullen. The plan is for Steve Pink to direct, and for Chris Pratt and Anna Faris to star. Todd Garner is producing through his Broken Road Pictures banner. The hope is to shoot later this year.
Pratt and Faris, who are married off screen, will play a crazy wild couple that bonds with a straight laced couple on vacation in Mexico. They have a great time, and then want to rekindle the fun. Once the other couple gets back to their normal life, it’s not nearly the same kind of fun and their vacation friends won’t go away. It’s like What About Bob? with a couple. It’s another in a recent series of deals with studios that were willing to pay for a fully fleshed out package assembled by a hands on producer. Garner developed this with Pink (who will do a rewrite), and then found that Pratt and Faris liked it as a vehicle they could do together. Both of them have momentum. Pratt, part of the ensemble cast of Parks And Recreation, has muscled up and plays the lead role in Marvel’s next franchise launch, Guardians Of The Galaxy. He’s also booked the lead in Jurassic World. Faris, meanwhile, is starring with Allison …
Los Angeles, CA (May, 2013) –Action superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger (TERMINATOR series, TOTAL RECALL) is in negotiations to star in writer/director Steve Pink’s (HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 1 & 2) big budget action comedy THE TOXIC AVENGER produced by Akiva Goldsman (CONSTANTINE, I AM LEGEND, MR AND MRS SMITH), Richard Saperstein (HANCOCK, 1408, SE7EN), Charlie Corwin (HALF NELSON, THE SQUID AND THE WHALE), Stephen Kessler and Michael Benaroya (LAWLESS, MARGIN CALL). Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will executive produce. The announcement was made today by International Film Trust’s (IFT) President Ariel Veneziano who will handle all international rights to the film alongside IFT’s Head of Sales Christian de Gallegos.
Set to be introduced to buyers at Cannes 2013, THE TOXIC AVENGER is currently in pre-production and scheduled to start principal photography this fall.
EXCLUSIVE: In a high-six against seven-figure pre-emptive deal, DreamWorks has acquired Shore Leave, a male-driven action comedy pitch that will be written by Steve Pink and Jeff Morris. Pink will direct the picture. The deal reunites him with Stacey Snider, who while chairman at Universal Pictures gave him his first shot at directing on Accepted.
That shot has given Pink a new career. He helmed Hot Tub Time Machine, and is in talks with MGM on the sequel. He’s in post production on About Last Night, an updated adaptation of the David Mamet stage play that Screen Gems is dating for release on Valentine’s Day, 2014. And he’s just been set to direct the pilot of the untitled NBC sitcom pilot starring his Hot Tub Time Machine star Craig Robinson, from The Office exec producer Greg Daniels.
While the title of this film seems self evident, they are keeping the plot of Shore Leave under wraps but see its franchise potential.
This marks the second recent pitch sale for Pink and Morris, after they got Disney to bite on an untitled re-imagining of the Don Quixote legend that Johnny Depp and Christi Dombrowski will produce through their Infinitum Nihil banner. Pink and Morris met working on True Memoirs Of An International Assassin, a script that Morris wrote and which made the Black List, and to which Pink remains attached as director.
UTA reps Pink, Morris and Infinitum Nihil, while …
EXCLUSIVE: Disney has closed a deal for an untitled pitch to be written by Steve Pink and Jeff Morris, and produced by Infinitum Nihil’s Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski. The project is best described as a modern re-imagining of Don Quixote. Depp has long been intrigued with that character, and at one time was attached to the Quixote film that Terry Gilliam has tried to make.
Pink and Morris met working on True Memoirs Of An International Assassin, a script that Morris wrote and which made the Black List, and to which Pink remains attached as director. For Screen Gems, Pink just wrapped directing Sexual Perversity In Chicago, an adaptation of the David Mamet play that was previously turned into the film About Last Night. Pink and Morris will start writing immediately even as Pink, best known for directing Accepted and Hot Tub Time Machine, eyes as his possible next film Contractors.
EXCLUSIVE: Parenthood’s Joy Bryant has won the female lead in the currently untitled Screen Gems’ romantic comedy that is based on the David Mamet play Sexual Perversity In Chicago, which was turned into the film About Last Night. Bryant will join Michael Ealy (in the role originated by Rob Lowe), Kevin Hart (in the Jim Belushi role), and Regina Hall (in the Elizabeth Perkins role). Steve Pink is directing a script by Bachelorette‘s Leslye Headland, and production will begin on September 17, with Will Gluck and Will Packer. They are in the process of retitling the film, which is closer in spirit to Mamet’s play than About Last Night, but which will take place in Los Angeles and not the Chicago setting of the play and first film.
“Since I first saw her in Antwone Fisher, I could tell she was going to be a movie star, and I’ve offered her several things that didn’t work out for one reason another,” said Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper. “Finally, it looks like this is going to work out because the Parenthood line producer and creator have given us warm assurances they will move mountains to make this possible for her. I really believe this will be the one that makes her a movie star. This girl is funny, smart, gorgeous and a good actress and …
EXCLUSIVE: Steve Pink is in talks to direct Sexual Perversity In Chicago, the Screen Gems remake of the 1986 film About Last Night. I’m hearing that the film, scripted by Bachelorette‘s Leslye Headland, is on a fast track for an early fall start. Michael Ealy is starring (in the role originated by Rob Lowe) alongside Kevin Hart (in the Jim Belushi role), and Screen Gems is already looking for a young actress to play the Demi Moore love interest role while Regina Hall has been rumored for the other female lead, played originally by Elizabeth Perkins. The film right now is going by the original title of the David Mamet play about two single guys and their sex lives in the 70s.
The film is being produced by Will Packer and Will Gluck, the hit making producer duo. Packer produced Think Like A Man, the Screen Gems hit comedy that starred Ealy and Hart, and he’s got such films coming up as Ride Along with Hart and Ice Cube and Tim Story directing, and No Good Deed, which stars Idris Elba. Gluck produced/directed Easy A and Friends With Benefits, both of which were hits for Clint Culpepper’s shingle.
Pink, who directed Accepted and Hot Tub Time Machine, is separately in talks to helm the Bad Santa sequel, something that will happen after Sexual Perversity in …
EXCLUSIVE: Steve Pink is in early talks to rewrite and direct Bad Santa 2, the sequel of the raucous 2003 comedy that is in the works from Dimension Films. Johnny Rosenthal wrote the previous draft of the script. Billy Bob Thornton is expected to reprise the title role in the sequel. Pink, who last helmed the feature Hot Tub Time Machine and before that Accepted, has been busy helming episodes of such TV series as New Girl, The Office and Happy Endings. He’s repped by UTA and Mosaic.
EXCLUSIVE UPDATED: ABC network has bought a comedy pitch inspired by an episode in the family life of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak who is in business with the network over the broadcasting of the Academy Awards. The comedy, We’ll Be Out By Christmas, is created and executive produced by High Fidelity scribe Steve Pink and Jeff Morris. It is based on real-life experiences of Sherak and his producer wife Madeleine when their daughter moved back into the family home with her three kids while her husband while getting his MBA. Madeleine Sherak (I Hate Valentine’s Day) will executive produce the hybrid comedy through her My Bench Prods., along with Tom’s son, producer William Sherak, and Jason Shuman through their Blue Star Entertainment. The Sheraks originally sold the idea as a feature to Paramount in 2009 with different writers, Kristen Buckley and Brian Regan. After the project was put in turnaround, Madeleine and William Sherak decided that the story of the family ordeal might be better suited as a family sitcom and, with Pink and Morris on board, pitched the project to ABC. UTA-repped Pink recently directed the 2010 movie Hot Tub Time Machine and produced Knight And Day. Morris is with WME and Art/Work Entertainment. My Bench and Blue Star were repped in the deal by attorney Scott …
EXCLUSIVE: Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink will helm the remake of The Toxic Avenger, which he’ll write with Daniel C. Mitchell. Deadline revealed last April that remake rights to the Troma Films seminal title were acquired by producers Akiva Goldsman, Richard Saperstein and Charlie Corwin. That package was expansive and included the 1984 original, four sequels, an animated TV series and comic books. Corwin’s Original Media, which is a partnership with Dutch reality TV maker Endemol, is funding development of what the makers call an environmentally-conscious action-comedy. In the original, the protagonist is a mop-wielding simpleton named Melvin, whose trusting ways made him easy prey for gym thugs who tossed him into a vat of toxic waste. The transformation into Toxie didn’t help his complexion, but gave him rippling muscles to wreak havoc on New Jersey polluters. The byproduct was that despite his misshapen appearance, the chicks finally dig Melvin after a lifetime of being ignored.
“The Toxic Avenger is exactly what the country–wait, that’s not big enough–what the world needs right now,” said Pink, who also directed Accepted and whose scripting credits include Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity. Kerry Foster, who runs Goldsman’s Weed Road, is executive producer with Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, the Troma proprietors who created Toxic Avenger. Shara Kay is co-producer. WME made Pink’s deal.
EXCLUSIVE: HBO is developing a single-camera comedy series based on Clint McCown’s 1995 book The Member-Guest. Feature writer-producer Steve Pink (High Fidelity) is writing the script. Kevin Bacon is executive producing with an eye towards starring in the project, about a burned-out golf pro of a 9-hole course who just wants one more shot at the tour. His comeback is constantly sidelined as he deals with the needs of the members of the Middle-American country club who are grappling with dashed dreams of their own. Pink is executive producing along with Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment and Tom Mangan, with McCown serving as a consultant.