'Wardogs' in action with MGM

Action-comedy pitch from Ken Kaufman and David Agosto

Ken Kaufman and David Agosto have sold an action-comedy pitch -- for the moment titled "Wardogs" -- to MGM with "Get Smart" helmer Peter Segal attached to direct. Although several studios were vying for the project, MGM picked it up for $1 million.

Segal and his Callahan Filmworks partner Michael Ewing are producing along with Andrew Lazar.

The producers are keeping quiet on the plot, but Lazar said that "it's an action ensemble comedy in the vein of 'Ocean's Eleven,' where the casting becomes an event."

Added Ewing, "It is a bunch of these terrific actors getting together and having a good time‚ it's that kind of thing."

MGM, with CEO Harry Sloan recently re-upping for another three-year stretch in the top slot, continues to compete with the other majors for material.

The CAA-repped Segal and Ewing worked with MGM Worldwide Motion Picture Group chairman Mary Parent when she co-ran Universal on "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps."

Kaufman, repped by Endeavor, wrote the screenplays for "Curious George" and "The Missing," and he co-wrote "Space Cowboys." Last year, he sold his comedy pitch "Stone Kings" to Warner Bros., with Jay Roach attached to direct.

Agosto, also an Endeavor client, has worked on several scripts with Kaufman, including "Curious George." Lazar was a producer of "Space Cowboys" and "Get Smart" along with Ewing.
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