Writing Team Kevin Barnett, Chris Pappas Making Directorial Debut With 'Booze Buddies' (Exclusive)

Kevin Barnett and Chris Pappas

The film centers on a man who pretends to be a recovering alcoholic in order to get his dream girl.

The recently formed writing duo Kevin Barnett and Chris Pappas will make their directorial debut with comedy Booze Buddies, which they also wrote.

Darko Entertainment’s Ted Hamm and Sean McKittrick are producing Booze Buddies along with Ray Mansfield and Shaun Redick. The story centers on an eternal bachelor who sells himself as a recovering alcoholic to pursue the girl of his dreams. But his plan goes awry when forced to be the "sober buddy" to her trainwreck of a brother.

Since joining forces, Barnett (who wrote 2011's Hall Pass) and Pappas (creator and writer of TV series Unhitched) have built up a busy slate for themselves. They wrote the script The Do-Over which was preemptively acquired by Netflix and Happy Madison, with Adam Sandler attached to produce and star. Paula Patton is in talks to join the cast of the project, which is part of Sandler's multi-picture deal with Netflix.

They're also writing the script for Man Up for CBS Films. It centers on a group of city metrosexuals, who attempt to get in touch with their "inner-man" by attending a survivalist man camp. Zachary Levi is attached to star. Plus, they wrote the script for comedy One Night Stan, which has Bobby Farrelly attached to direct. They're repped by WME, Anonymous Content and attorneys Peter Grossman and Cindy Farrelly Gesner.