Spec deal at MGM for Kimmel pal
EmptyWho knew that shtupping Matt Damon and Ben Affleck could be such a career booster?
"Jimmy Kimmel Live!" segment director Wayne McClammy, who helmed and co-wrote the popular short video spoofs "I'm F***ing Matt Damon" and "I'm F***ing Ben Affleck," has sold a spec titled "Le Car" to MGM that he co-wrote with "Kimmel" colleague Will Burke.
McClammy also is attached to direct the comedy, which Temple Hill Entertainment partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are attached to produce.
"Le Car" is designed to unspool as a "found film" made in the 1980s about a group of CIA agents who try to foil a plot by an evil car aiming to detonate an H-bomb at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.
This is the fourth comedy spec that MGM has picked up since April; "Bobism," "The Zookeeper" and "Executive VP David M. Murch's Adventures in the Land of Zametherea" also are in the studio's development stable.
Executives Cale Boyter and Becky Sloviter will oversee "Le Car" for MGM.
McClammy's "Kimmel" shorts generated tens of millions of views online and rocketed him into the Web comedy pantheon. The writer-director, repped by Paradigm and Rain Management Group, also handles directing duties on Comedy Central's "The Sarah Silverman Program." He recently enrolled to direct "Cool School," a Fox comedy penned by Derek Guiley, David Schneiderman and Mark Perez.
Paradigm also reps Burke, an actor who has appeared on "NCIS" and "Sex and the City," for this deal.
Temple Hill has the video game adaptation "Gears of War" in development at New Line, and it produced the Jennifer Aniston starrer "Management," which MGM will release in September.
Borys Kit and Kimberly Nordyke contributed to this report.