Banks will produce, topline comedy '21'


Elizabeth Banks is attached to star in and produce the workplace comedy "Forever 21" for DreamWorks Studios.

Mike Culbert and Mike Pellettieri wrote the screenplay for the film, which is looking for a director. Max Handelman and Hal Lieberman also are attached to produce, and Brian Paschal will executive produce.

DreamWorks co-chairman and CEO Stacey Snider has been looking to beef up the studio's comedy slate, which includes "Dinner for Schmucks," on which Jay Roach is directing Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, and an untitled Chris McCoy comedy. Banks and her husband, Handelman, brought the project to the studio through her Brownstone Prods. shingle.

Brownstone's first film, the Bruce Willis actioner "Surrogates," is set for a September release by Disney. The company also has the drama "Too Far From Home" in development at Working Title and Universal and the comedy "Pitch Perfect," about college a cappella groups, at Universal.

Banks is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.

This is the first screenplay sale for Culbert and Pellettieri, both repped by CAA and Underground Management. (partialdiff)
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