Gary Sanchez Productions, Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe announced today that they have pre-emptively purchased an untitled comedy pitch from actor and Emmy Award-winning writer Ben Schwartz which Adam McKay is attached to direct and Seth Rogen is attached to star in. Schwartz will also co-star in the film.
Point Grey principals Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce alongside Gary Sanchez’s Will Ferrell, McKay and Kevin Messick. Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will executive produce with Erin Westerman overseeing for the company. Robyn Wholey will Co-Produce.
“Evan and Seth have been doing amazing things and we’re so excited to work with them. Ben, not so much. Most of my problems with him are personal ones, but I have to give it up he did come up with a great idea,” said McKay.
“Every two thousand years the planets of our galaxy align in a perfect line that funnels the cosmic energies of the universe to flow into one perfect comedic collaboration. The time is now. This is that project. Nothing will ever be the same,” said Rogen with Goldberg adding, “McKay and Schwartz are reeeeeeal smart, well-endowed guys and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with them.”
The multi-hyphenate Schwartz won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Schwartz has sold pitches No Heart’s Club and Would You Rather to Universal with Imagine Entertainment producing. Hired by Paramount to re-boot the comedy Soapdish, Schwartz’s script El Fuego Caliente was included on the 2011 Blacklist. Schwartz can next be seen in this Friday’s This is Where I Leave You and he recently wrapped production on Robert Zemeckis’ next film, The Walk for TriStar. He is also returning for NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” and Showtime’s “House of Lies.”
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