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'National Treasure' Director to Helm Romantic Comedy for Universal (Exclusive)

Jon Turteltaub
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The studio has acquired "Unreasonable Doubt" from "Serendipity" scribe Marc Klein.

Universal’s hot streak of picking up pitches continues.

The studio has acquired Unreasonable Doubt, a romantic comedy project from Marc Klein.

Jon Turteltaub, the director of Disney’s National Treasure movies, is in negotiations to direct and will also produce with Andrew Panay.

The story centers on two jurors who fall in love during a court case.

Universal’s Tracy Falco and Maradith Frenkel will oversee the project for the studio.  

Klein is also writing the adaptation of the Tony-winning musical In the Heights as well as as TMI, a romantic comedy being exec produced by Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris. Both are for Universal.

Klein, repped by UTA, is known for his love stories, having penned Serendipity, which starred John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, and A Good Year, which starred Russell Crowe.

Turteltaub directed 2004’s Treasure and it’s sequel, Book of Secrets. He also directed The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which grossed over $215 million worldwide. Turteltaub is repped by WME and Oasis Media Group.

Panay most recently set up Something Cliqued, a spec from Karen Bloch Morse, at Disney and is producing with Underground Films.

On top of Doubt, Universal in recent weeks has picked up Do Gooders, a pitch from Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck for Judd Apataw to produce, as well as an untitled comedy from Paula Pell with Tina Fey producing.