For comedy, Faris hops to it


Capitalizing on her "House Bunny" hit, Anna Faris has set up two projects, including one that reunites her with the "Bunny" crowd.

Paramount has picked up an untitled pitch from Faris, Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith that will produced by Happy Madison.

At the same time, Columbia has acquired the romantic comedy "20 Times a Lady" to act as a starring vehicle for Faris. Jennifer Crittenden and Gabrielle Allan wrote the script, which is based on the book by Karyn Bosnak. Contrafilm's Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are producing.

The untitled Paramount project is a female buddy comedy following two estranged sisters who team up to land a husband. McCullah Lutz and Smith are writing the script and will exec produce with Faris.

Adam Goodman brought in the project.

"Lady" centers on a woman who goes on a trek through her sexual past in an effort to find Mr. Right, exploring the idea of a person's sexual quota and whether those numbers matter.

Gitty Daneshvari will serve as associate producer.

Sam Dickerman and Adam Milano are overseeing for the studio.

Happy Madison's next production is "Bedtime Stories," which it is producing with Gunn Films and Offspring Entertainment. The movie opens Christmas Day.

Contrafilm is coming off the sleeper-like success of "Journey to the Center of the Earth," which grossed more than $100 million domestically and another $116 million internationally.

Faris, repped by Gersh and Raw Talent, starred in the popular "Scary Movie" series and stole scenes in films ranging from "Lost in Translation" to "Just Friends." But it was with "Bunny," which grossed almost $50 million domestically, that worked to establish Faris as a viable comedy topliner, a field that is almost exclusively the domain of men. (partialdiff)