MGM gives Blair spec a ride
EmptyThis gives new meaning to the phrase, "Are we there yet?" MMGM has picked up the original comedy pitch "Still You" from screenwriter April Blair for $300,000 against $625,000. Jennifer Eatz, Walt Becker and Aline Brosh McKenna are producing. MGM executive vp production Cale Boyter and vp production Becky Sloviter will oversee for the studio.
Blair's story line revolves around a family vacation complicated by the appearance of the wife's flashy ex-boyfriend.
"Metaphorically speaking, your past occupies a part of every relationship," Blair said. "In our story, it's sort of the physical manifestation of your ex-boyfriend literally in the third row of your minivan."
Blair and McKenna met in a Mommy & Me group and developed an idea they took to Becker and Eatz, who had worked with McKenna on her previous movie, "27 Dresses."
McKenna is finishing up a draft of "Morning Glory" for Bad Robot at Paramount. Becker is completing postproduction on the Disney comedy "Old Dogs" and could move on to the MGM comedy "The Zookeeper," to which he is attached as director and producer.
Blair, repped by Hohman Maybank Lieb (which also has McKenna as a client) and Benderspink, co-wrote the script for the forthcoming Jessica Simpson starrer "Major Movie Star." (partialdiff)