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JUN
24
4 YEARS

Hot Ed Helms Comedy Pitch Bought by Warner Bros.

Ed Helms
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Writer-director Rob Pearlstein and Imagine Entertainment have sold a unique comedy pitch that has actor Ed Helms attached to star and executive produce.

A source familiar with the project, titled True North, says it centers on a high-powered, workaholic father (Helms) who slips into a two-year coma after suffering through a horrific plane crash. Upon emerging from the coma, the once debonair man finds that he has undergone reconstructive facial surgery and looks nothing like his former self. He then must track down his family and reconnect with his former life.
 
Helms’ profile is rising with his second turn as Stu in Warner Bros.' The Hangover: Part II, in addition to his role on NBC’s The Office. He also executive produced and starred in this year’s Cedar Rapids, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
 
Pearlstein has previously written for NBC’s Medium. He wrote and directed the short film Our Time is Up, which was nominated for an Oscar for live action short film in 2006.
 
Both Helms and Pearlstein are repped by CAA.

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