Summit going 'Mental' with Mandalay


NEW YORK -- Summit Entertainment has nabbed Bear Aderhold and Tom Sullivan's broadly comic spec script "Mental" and has committed Mandalay Pictures to produce the feature.

"Mental" follows an orderly who is promised part of a $3 million inheritance from a mentally disturbed patient in his care -- but only if they can break out of an asylum and get to court to collect the loot. On the way from the Pasadena institution to Santa Monica, the seemingly stable patient begins to reveal personality disorders that make for a disastrous road trip.

Summitt president of production Erik Feig and vp production Jean Song are overseeing the project for the studio.

"We were excited to read (the) terrific comic two-hander and to find a second picture to make with our friends at Summit," Mandalay president Cathy Schulman said. Her company also is producing the Summit release "Get Some." Mandalay executive vp David Zelon is on location in Orlando overseeing the shoot.

Aderhold and Sullivan's feature credit is co-writing the Lionsgate Films comedy "Delta Farce."

The writers are repped by Paradigm, Brad Kaplan and Chris Ridenhour at Evolution Management and attorney Darren Trattner at Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum & Morris.