Universal Buys Comedy Pitch 'Me Time' From Ken Marino, Erica Oyama
Universal has bought a Will Packer Productions comedy pitch from husband-and-wife team Ken Marino and Erica Oyama.
While the plot of Me Time is being kept under wraps, it's described as a female road comedy in the same vein as Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
Will Packer will produce while Barbara Dreyfus, his head of motion pictures, will executive produce. Universal's senior vp production Erik Baiers will oversee for the studio.
Packer, who struck a three-year first-look deal with Universal in 2013, produced the hit comedy Ride Along, which has grossed more than $150 million worldwide, and will produce sequel Ride Along 2, currently in development. He's also producing Girls Trip for Universal, set to begin production this summer. His other upcoming projects include sequel Think Like A Man 2, which hits theaters on June 20; thriller No Good Deed, opening September 12; and The Wedding Ringer, starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad, to be released January 16, 2015. He's repped by UTA.
Marino and Oyama created the Yahoo/E! series Burning Love from Ben Stiller's Red Hour, which Oyama wrote and Marino starred in and directed. They're currently working on a few different feature film scripts, including Fox 2000's Go the F--- to Sleep, and Fox's Return of the Jocks. They're repped by Paradigm and Principato Young.
Oyama also is adapting the book White Girl Problems for Lionsgate and Brownstone Productions.
On the acting side, Marino will star in NBC's new comedy Marry Me opposite Casey Wilson. He's also starring in the upcoming adaptation based on R.L. Stine's Goosebumps book series. He was most recently seen in the comedy series We're the Millers.