September 13, 2012 3:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Zombieland' Director, Blacklist Scribe Sell Pitch to Fox
Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer has sold his first pitch under his new pod deal with 20th TV.
Fleischer and hot Blacklist scribe John Phillips have sold Starting Up, a comedy pitch that follows two twentysomething friends who quit their boring office jobs to form a start-up company who soon find themselves in over their heads as they juggle adult life with running a company. The project is based on an original idea from Kaplan Perrone Entertainment (You, Me and Dupree), who will executive produce.
Phillips is a Blacklist feature writer who recently sold his spec script Dirty Grandpa to Universal, while Fleischer most recently directed Warner Bros.' Gangster Squad, which is due next year. He's currently producing the indie feature Two Night Stand.
Fleischer inked a pod deal with 20th TV in July to develop, executive produce and direct comedy and drama projects that saw the director who started as a P.A. in the writers' room at Dawson's Creek launch a new Fox-based production company.
Fleischer is repped by UTA and Sloane Offer; Phillips with UTA and Schreck Rose.