Overture adopts 'Parent Class' with pitch pickup


Overture continues its aggressive pace of project pickups, acquiring the pitch "Parent Class" from writers Toni Kotite and Marty Scott.

The project, which James Gibb brought to the studio and will produce, revolves around a divorced couple who are deemed unsatisfactory parents and must enroll in a class on how to improve their child-rearing skills. Gibb, who conceived the story, based it on a real-life class he attended.

Overture has scooped up several pitches or specs this month, nabbing the Stephen Karam play "Speech & Debate" and the Irwin Winkler-produced drama "Taken." The company is seeking to populate a 2009 slate already anchored by Michael Moore's follow-up to "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Kotite and Scott have a number of projects in development, including "Soccer Mom" and "Briggs Ballet" at New Line. The pair are repped by APA, Jeff Okin at Anonymous Content and attorney Dave Feldman.

Sean Furst will oversee "Class" for Overture. (partialdiff)