Bicycle pic is built for Shadyac, Uni


Universal Pictures has optioned the comedy pitch "Tour de Frank" by Andrea King and Andy Marx for the mid- to high-six figures. Tom Shadyac will produce through his Universal-based shingle Shady Acres Entertainment, with an eye toward directing.

The story is set in the world of competitive bicycling.

Shady Acres partner Michael Bostick, who also will produce, said he and Shadyac warmed to the project because "it's a great star vehicle for a comedian." He added, "Tom is an avid cyclist, so it was such a natural fit." Dan Halsted is serving as exec producer.

Universal's Holly Bario is shepherding the project for the studio, while Shady Acres' Amanda Morgan Palmer will oversee for the banner.

Shadyac, who has worked repeatedly with Jim Carrey, most recently in "Bruce Almighty," recently wrapped the follow-up "Evan Almighty," starring Steve Carell. He also produced the upcoming Adam Sandler starrer "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry."

King, a former reporter at The Hollywood Reporter, and Marx recently sold a family comedy pitch to Walt Disney Pictures for Jerry Bruckheimer to produce.

Shadyac, King and Marx are repped by CAA and Larry Rose of Gang, Tyre, Ramer and Brow.
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