Steve Pink has been hired to write a draft of the Kevin James comedy Mall Cop for Columbia Pictures and Happy Madison Productions. The studio is targeting a spring start for the project.
The story centers on a mild-mannered security guard thrust into action when his mall is taken over by highly organized thieves.
James, who wrote an earlier draft with Nick Bakay, will produce alongside Jeff Sussman and Todd Garner. No director is on board yet.
Pink, whose writing credits include Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity, most recently directed Accepted.