'Brothers' a keeper for Rudd, Scott


Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott have signed on to star in "Big Brothers," a comedy being directed by Luke Greenfield for Universal Pictures. Mary Parent and Scott Stuber are producing along with Greenfield, who is producing via his Wide Awake banner.

"Brothers" is about two deviously wild beer reps who, in order to keep their jobs, are forced to do community service and become mentors in the Big Brother program after their freewheeling behavior gets them into trouble. Timothy Dowling wrote the screenplay for the project, which is being eyed as an R-rated comedy.

A late April start date is being eyed in Los Angeles and San Diego.

"These guys are the absolute worst big brothers because they are giving horribly immoral advice to their teenage 'little brothers,' " said Greenfield, adding that there will be a nationwide search to find the kid actors.

"Brothers" initially was conceived as a drama but was made into a comedy by the filmmakers, then pushed into potential R territory by Parent.

"When we started working with her, she encouraged us to be free with language and content and to make an edgier comedy; she is an amazing guide," Greenfield said. Along with the edginess, he said he is "trying to make those memorable and moving moments that will resonate with a mass audience."

Greenfield's Wide Awake partner Matt Siegel is exec producing.

Rudd, repped by UTA and Brillstein-Grey, was in Universal's "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and will co-star in the company's "Knocked Up."

He stars in and produced "The Ten," which generated buzz at the Sundance Film Festival this month.

Scott, who most recently appeared in "The Dukes of Hazzard," just wrapped the comedy "Quebec" with John C. Reilly. He is repped by UTA.

Greenfield, whose credits include "The Girl Next Door" and "The Animal," is repped by Endeavor, Mosaic and attorney Adam Kaller.