Elan Mastai lands two gigs

Sells comedy pitch to Par; tapped for 'First Kiss'

Screenwriter Elan Mastai wants to see this whole dang relationship through.

Mastai has sold an untitled breakup comedy pitch to Paramount that he developed with "This American Life" host Ira Glass and producer Alissa Shipp. Meanwhile, he's also been hired to work on the screenplay for "First Kiss" at Warner Bros.

The breakup comedy is about a young woman who gets dumped by her ostensible soulmate and refuses to get over it. Adam Goodman and Ashley Brucks of Paramount are overseeing for the studio.

"Kiss," which De Line Pictures is producing, is a romantic comedy about a New Yorker strung out after a succession of failed relationships who begins to have premonitions about the end of each new relationship at the moment of the first kiss.

The Toronto-based Mastai, repped by Gersh and Principato Young, also has his romantic comedy script "The F-Word" set up at Fox Searchlight. The screenplay, which landed on the 2008 Black List of "most liked" screenplays, is about a young man and woman struggling to navigate a friendship even as their attraction draws them toward something deeper.

Mastai co-wrote the 2005 Lionsgate release "Alone in the Dark."
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