Kaplan, Elfont judge popularity contest on Columbia 'Campus'


Writing-directing duo Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont are going back to school.

The two are set to helm and rewrite the teen comedy "Big Man on Campus" for Sony's Columbia Pictures.

The story centers on the most popular girl in school, who is unexpectedly rejected by the nerdiest guy. Her social status drops, his rises, and the rules of popularity shift for the entire school.

Hal Lieberman is producing the project, based on a pitch by Gina Wendkos ("The Princess Diaries").

This project puts Kaplan and Elfont back in business with Columbia, for which they wrote the Patrick Dempsey comedy "Made of Honor." The duo also have "99 Problems" set up at the studio, with Joe Roth, Team Todd and Benderspink producing.

Kaplan and Elfont are repped by CAA and Benderspink.(partialdiff)