A touch of Pink for Col's 'Mall Cop'


With the threat of a writers strike looming, Columbia Pictures has hired Steve Pink to polish up the screenplay for "Mall Cop," eyeing a spring start for the comedy.

Kevin James, who is starring in the film and producing along with Happy Madison Prods., manager Jeff Sussman and producer Todd Garner, penned the first draft.

The comedy centers on a mild-mannered security guard (James) who is thrust into action when his mall is taken over by highly organized thieves.

"We got a really promising first draft from Kevin and love him in this concept and want to make the movie next spring," Columbia president of production Doug Belgrad said. "So we've hired Steve to get the script ready for shooting."

Sam Dickerman is overseeing for the studio.

Pink's writing credits include "Grosse Pointe Blank" and "High Fidelity," which starred John Cusack, with whom he founded the Chicago theater company, New Crime Prods. He has directed several productions for the company, including "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" and the American stage premiere of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

He made his feature film directorial debut with the comedy "Accepted" and recently finished the screenplay "Company" for Universal with Tom Shadyac directing.

Pink is represented by WMA and attorney Kevin Morris. James is represented by Endeavor, Jeff Sussman Management and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams & Hurwitz in New York.