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TriStar signs Bergman, Lobell for ‘$2 Million Tip’

TriStar Pictures has clinched deals with director Andrew Bergman and producer Mike Lobell for “Cop Gives Waitress $ 2 Million Tip,” bringing the comedy one step closer to the greenlight, sources confirmed yesterday.

Pending casting, production of “Cop Gives Waitress” is slated in May. Budget for the project is estimated over the $ 20 million marker.

‘Vegas’ follow-up

The pic is significant in that it stacks up as Bergman’s directorial follow to “Honeymoon in Vegas,” which won critical acclaim and grossed $ 35,155,388 at the box office.

Originally written by Jane Anderson and subsequently rewritten by Stephen Metcalfe, the pic is about a transit cop and a waitress who agree to share a lottery ticket, which ends up the winner in the New York State Lottery.

In a series of misadventures that follow, the cop and the waitress fall in love.

Bergman is currently rewriting the screenplay.

Once under consideration as a starring vehicle for Arnold Schwarzenegger, the project will go out for casting shortly.

Meg Ryan has been under consideration for the female lead, but she also reportedly passed on the role.

Both Schwarzenegger and Ryan were approached before director Bergman was attached as director.

Producer Lobell said casting will follow delivery of a final screenplay at the end of the month.

“A lot of people have tried to make Frank Capra and Preston Sturges-type movies, and in some ways we feel we touched the Preston Sturges vein with “Honeymoon in Vegas,’ ” Lobell said.

‘Fairy tale’

“In this particular case, ‘Cop Gives Waitress’ has a Capra-esque vein. It is a real Manhattan fairy tale,” Lobell said.

Lobell joins Gary Adelson and Craig Baumgarten as producers of the pic.

Adelson/Baumgarten Prods. have previously delivered “Universal Soldier” and “Hook” to TriStar.

The pic will be Adelson/Baumgarten’s fourth production start in less than two years, including “Hook,””Universal Soldier,” Columbia Pictures’ Jan. 15 release “Nowhere to Run” and “Cop.”

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