'Iron Jack' spec lands at Columbia


Columbia has proven its mettle, picking up the much sought after Johnny Rosenthal spec "Iron Jack" for seven figures.

Many studios were vying for the comedic action adventure, which is set in the 1930s and involves a renowned novelist and his quest for a legendary treasure.

Rosenthal has found a treasure of his own, with Columbia playing $1.25 million against $2 million for the screenplay.

"This is one of the funniest and most original scripts we have read in a long, long time," said the Columbia co-president of production Doug Belgrad.

Todd Garner ("Next") is producing, with Sean Robins co-producing. Rosenthal's manager, George Heller, and Jeremy Bell are executive producers.

Sam Dickerman and Adam Milano are overseeing "Jack."

"Jack" is the second comedy adventure involving treasure hunting sold within the last week. Earlier this week, 20th Century Fox picked up the spec "Beaujolais," by Mike Arnold and Chris Poole, with Peter and Bobby Farrelly producing.

Rosenthal has several projects in development, including "Friendly Skies" for Paramount, with Alec Baldwin and Will Arnett attached to star. SNL Studios and Lorne Michaels are producing. He also has "Me, Me, Me" at New Line, with Sean Levy producing

On the TV front, Rosenthal has a pilot at Fox and Regency with Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun executive producing.

Rosenthal is repped by Paradigm, Principato/Young and attorney Jeff Frankel.