Morgan Freeman down with 'Dirty'
Actor attached to star in Warner Bros. comedyWarner Bros. is pre-emptively picking up an untitled comedy spec by Josh Cagan and Greg Coolidge to which Morgan Freeman is attached to star and Peter Segal is eyeing to direct.
Lori McCreary, Freeman's producing partner at the duo's Revelations Entertainment banner, will produce with Segal and his producing partner, Callahan Filmworks' Michael Ewing. Freeman will exec produce.
The script, which had a working title of "Dirty Old Men," revolves around an aging playboy who finally meets the love of his life and his best friend and wingman for the past 40 years (Freeman) who does everything to break up the new couple. The tone is described as similar to "Wedding Crashers" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."
The studio would love to have Jack Nicholson reteam with Freeman on the film; the pair starred in Warners' 2007 hit comedy "The Bucket List." Nicholson is not attached to the project but is aware of it.
Cagan penned Summit's "Bandslam," and Coolidge last year sold a high-profile pitch to Paramount titled "Cockblocker" with Seann William Scott and Topher Grace attached. They are buddies though a six-man writing troupe dubbed the Job Factory.
The comic scribes cooked up the "Dirty" idea and brought it to Revelations, which developed the project further and enlisted Segal. The team then brought it to Warners, where Revelations is based and for whom Segal made 2008's "Get Smart." Callahan also is based at Warners.
Kevin McCormick and Jesse Ehrman are overseeing for the studio. Tracy Mercer and Joe Rosenberg are overseeing for Revelations.
CAA-repped Freeman will next be seen in Warners' "Invictus," which sees him portraying Nelson Mandela for director Clint Eastwood. He begins shooting Summit's action thriller "Red" in January.
Segal, who is developing the DC Comics title "Shazam," is repped by CAA. Cagan is repped by WME and H2F; Coolidge, who also wrote and directed "Employee of the Month," is repped by CAA and H2F.