Phil Lord, Chris Miller Team With 'Ready or Not' Directors for Bear Horror-Comedy (Exclusive)
Phil Lord and Chris Miller are teaming with Radio Silence, the filmmaking collective behind this summer’s cult hit Ready or Not, for a unique bear-driven horror-comedy — with heart.
Universal has picked up an untitled spec written by Jimmy Warden that Lord and Miller, the triple-threat filmmakers behind such offbeat comedies such as 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, will produce.
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Radio Silence — consisting of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett and Chad Villella — will shepherd the project, with Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett directing and Villella producing.
Logline details are being kept in hibernation, but insiders tell The Hollywood Reporter that the project was being pitched as a cross between Good Boys — Universal's raunchy but sweet feature about three 10-year-olds on an adult adventure — and The Revenant — the Oscar-winning gritty survival tale that starred Leonardo DiCaprio as a fur trapper who, at one point, was mauled by a Grizzly bear.
The project will be produced under the Lord Miller banner as part of the duo's first-look pact with Universal that was inked in early August. (Lord and Miller also signed a nine-figure, five-year overall television deal with Sony Pictures TV.)
Lord Miller president Aditya Sood brought the project to the studio and will also produce, along with Brian Duffield. Executive vp production Matt Reilly and creative executive Christine Sun will oversee the pic on behalf of Universal.
Warden, who first met Lord and Miller while working at a production assistant on 21 Jump Street, is currently developing projects with Paramount and Margot Robbie's Lucky Chap. He is repped by Grandview.
Radio Silence's Ready or Not, which was released by Fox Searchlight, grossed an impressive $57 million at the worldwide box office on a $6 million budget. It is repped by UTA, Brillstein and Gang Tyre.
Lord Miller is repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham.
by Pamela McClintock
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