Coraci flies Fox colors for 'Pirates'


Helmer Frank Coraci is following up his "Click" success with 20th Century Fox's "Part-Time Pirates." Terra Firma Films is producing the high-concept adventure-comedy.

The project, written by newcomer Jordan Cahan based on his original idea, has long been under wraps at the studio, which acquired the scribe's pitch in 2004.

The story revolves around working-class guys who break free from their mundane lives and take to the high seas, raiding the yachts of their greedy former bosses. In the process, they find their manhood by becoming modern-day pirates.

"Pirates are the original punk rockers," Coraci said. "Politically and socially with everything going on in the world there's never been a better time than now to revive that spirit. Arrrrrrgh!"

Terra Firma's Adam Herz, Greg Lessans and Josh Shader are producing. The project was hatched by Cahan and the Universal-based shingle and developed from scratch internally. Fox's Debbie Liebling is overseeing the project for the studio.

In addition to "Click," Coraci also directed "The Waterboy" and "The Wedding Singer." He is repped by Endeavor, Management 360 and attorney Jason Sloane.

Cahan, a graduate of the Disney Fellowship program, also has a script in development with Terra Firma at Universal. He is repped by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Stephen Clark.