Rudin's in the swim with Disney


Disney and Scott Rudin are developing "Synchronicity," a comedy that pokes fun at the world of synchronized swimming.

The project will center on male synchronized swimmers and follow in the steps — or strokes — of sports comedies from the likes of Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller.

Marty Scott and Toni Kotite, the APA-repped scribes who recently sold the comedy spec "Parent Class" to Overture Films, will write the screenplay. The duo are working on a draft of the script.

"Synchronicity" had been stalled in development at Disney before Rudin stepped in recently to jump-start the project. "Synchronicity" also offers the opportunity for at least two bankable male leads.

Disney has of course produced a wide range of comedies in recent years, with this latest project an opportunity to mine a younger male demo that a number of studios have had success with.

Rudin has had a recent string of dramatic hits, but the producer also is known for comedies, producing 2003's Jack Black starrer "School of Rock."

The fictional sport of male synchronized swimming has been a popular comedic target dating back to Harry Shearer and Martin Short's well-known "Saturday Night Live" skit in 1984.

Steven Zeitchik reported from New York; Borys Kit reported from Los Angeles.