Piven has 'Goods' on Par Vantage


Paramount Vantage has greenlighted its first comedy under its deal with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Prods., "The Goods: The Don Ready Story," starring Jeremy Piven and directed by Neal Brennan.

The project was brought to Gary Sanchez by Kevin Messick, who will produce with Ferrell, McKay and Sanchez's Chris Henchy.

Rick Stempson and Andy Stock wrote the script, which centers on a used-car liquidator hired to save a struggling dealership during a Fourth of July weekend sale. Messick said that the project was developed on spec with the writing pair. Production will begin in December in Los Angeles.

This is Stempson and Stock's second project. Their first, "Gary the Tennis Coach," recently was produced by GreeneStreet Films and stars Seann William Scott. The pair are repped by UTA and Karl Austen.

Brennan wrote, produced, directed and co-created Comedy Central's Emmy-nominated "Chappelle's Show" with Dave Chappelle.

Piven won an Emmy and received two Golden Globe nominations for his work on HBO's "Entourage." He next will appear in director Peter Berg's political drama "The Kingdom" and recently completed production on Guy Ritchie's "RocknRolla."

Piven is repped by CAA and Patti Felker. Brennan is repped by CAA and Nina Shaw. Messick is handled by Karl Austen.