Stiller waters run 'Deep'
EmptyDreamWorks and Red Hour are teaming on the comedy "In Deep" as a potential starring vehicle for Ben Stiller. Mark Romanek is attached to direct the project, which is based on an original screenplay by George Beckerman.
Steve Conrad ("The Pursuit of Happyness") has been tapped to do a Page One rewrite/reconceive of Beckerman's screenplay, which chronicles the nightmarish tale of a man who fights a parking ticket and becomes increasingly enmeshed in criminal allegations. Sources peg Conrad's deal at $1.6 million against $2.5 million.
Beckerman's screenplay had been in development in the late 1980s at Management Company Entertainment Group, which filed for bankruptcy in 1990.
Red Hour's Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld are producing "In Deep," and Robert Weide and Romanek are executive producing.
DreamWorks' Jeremy Kramer is overseeing the project for president of production Adam Goodman.
Red Hour has several films in development and production with DreamWorks, including the Stiller-helmed comedy "Tropic Thunder" and the vacation-from-hell thriller "The Ruins."
Stiller is repped by UTA and attorney Lawrence Rose.
Romanek, whose helming credits include "One Hour Photo," is handled by Endeavor and Anonymous Content.
Conrad is repped by CAA, Mosaic Media Group and attorney Todd Stern.