Columbia moves ahead on comedies

'The Swap,' 'Deers and Beers' in the works

Columbia Pictures has brought aboard the writing team of Tim and Tom Mullen to adapt Antony Moore's raucous comedy novel "The Swap" for the big screen and acquired a pitch by Mark Perez ("Accepted") for Adam Sandler's Happy Madison to produce.

"Swap" centers on an out-of-shape comic book dealer who, haunted by the loss of a priceless comic book, tries to reverse his fortunes at his high school reunion and becomes involved in murder, romance and the unearthing of long-buried secrets.

John Calley, Diana Napper and Lisa Medwid are producing for John Calley Prods. ("The Da Vinci Code"). Columbia vp Rachel O'Connor will oversee for the studio.

The ICM-repped Mullen brothers are set to direct their first feature, the teen comedy "Deers and Beers," with Montecito Pictures producing. Their other projects as writers include "One of the Guys" for Fox starring Sandra Bullock and "Strike" for Vantage with Mark Waters directing.

Perez's pitch is about a man in a troubled marriage who figures out a way to create the perfect wife.

Columbia president Doug Belgrad and Sam Dickerman are overseeing for the studio. Heather Parry is overseeing for Happy Madison.

The CAA-repped Perez is writing the comedy "Early Retirement" for Warner Bros. and "What About Barb" as a starring vehicle for Elizabeth Banks at Universal.