'Wardogs' in action with MGM


Ken Kaufman and David Agosto have sold an action comedy pitch — for the moment titled "Wardogs" — to MGM, with "Get Smart" helmer Peter Segal attached to direct.

Although several studios were vying for the project, MGM picked it up for $1 million.

Segal and his Callahan Filmworks partner Michael Ewing are producing along with Andrew Lazar.

The producers are keeping quiet about the plot, but Lazar said that "it's an action ensemble comedy in the vein of 'Ocean's Eleven,' where the casting becomes an event."

Added Ewing, "It is a bunch of these terrific actors getting together and having a good time; it's that kind of thing."

MGM, with CEO Harry Sloan recently re-upping for another three-year stretch in the top slot, continues to compete with the other majors for material.

The CAA-repped Segal and Ewing worked with MGM Worldwide Motion Picture Group chairman Mary Parent on "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" when she co-ran Universal.

Kaufman and Agosto are repped by Endeavor. (partialdiff)