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Rising comedy actor Adam DeVine is teaming up with director Todd Strauss-Schulson for New Line comedy Paternity Leave.
The move is a rebirth of sorts for the project that has been set up at New Line since 2005. Andrew Panay, who initially came up with the concept, is producing.
With shades of The Hangover and The Wedding Crashers, the story centers on a group of immature bachelors who stage pregnancies in order to get time off and go on an all-expenses-paid trip. DeVine and his character will be the linchpin around which the others will revolve.
David Diamond and David Weissman came up with the original pitch and draft with Adam Cole Kelly and Sam Pitman penning the more recent drafts.
Strauss-Schulson, repped by WME and Bloom Hergott, worked with New Line on 2011’s A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas and last directed the horror comedy The Final Girls, which saw DeVine as part of its ensemble cast.
DeVine is one of the creators of Comedy Central’s Workaholics who stole scenes in Pitch Perfect and returned for 2015’s Pitch Perfect 2. He is getting his biggest shot yet at the big-screen with Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Fox’s summer comedy in which DeVine stars with Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza.
DeVine is repped by WME, Avalon Management and Morris Yorn.
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