Overture Films picks up 'Freshly Popped'


Overture Films is putting "Freshly Popped" into the microwave.

The Megan Parsons-written spec project, a teen comedy from the producers of "The Pursuit of Happyness," was picked up for development by Overture.

In an unusual turn, newcomer Parsons was actually on a cruise to Antarctica when the spec was sent out and only heard of the sale upon reaching the continent.

Escape Artists, which was behind "Happyness" and is also producing the Tony Scott remake of "The Taking of Pelham 123" and the Will Smith-starrer "Seven Pounds," will produce. Steve Tisch, Jason Blumenthal, and Todd Black of the shingle will also produce; Chris Coggins and Lance Johnson will co-produce.

With the delicious double-entendre of a title, the film concerns a less-than-cool high-school senior with a part-time job at a movie theater who's torn between losing her virginity to a geek who really likes her, a cool guy who probably won't talk to her afterwards and a very attractive jock.

The project is said to have echoes of "Juno," according to those familiar with the pitch, centering on a teenage dilemma and containing both comedic and heartfelt elements.

Overture is set to release Tom McCarthy's immigrant drama "The Visitor" and is in production on a number of projects, including romantic dramedy "Last Chance Harvey" and action titles like Robert DeNiro-starrer "Righteous Kill" and Jeffrey Nachmanoff's "Traitor." "Popped" would be its first in the teen-comedy arena.

Parsons is repped by Paradigm and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.

Steven Zeitchik reported in New York and Borys Kit in Los Angeles.