Zucker Bros. Take U-turn

The Zucker brothers are moving their deal to Universal, ending a four-year association with Columbia Pictures. Jerry and David Zucker have entered into a first-look, nonexclusive, three-year deal with Universal Pictures.

This is t he second deal to be made under the new regime, following that of the three $20 million slots for Sylvester Stallone. The Zuckers’ contract with Columbia Pictures expires in January.

Although the Zuckers were unavailable for comment, sources say the brothers were unhappy with Columbia’s inability to get pet projects – such as “Davy Crockett” – going. The filmmakers have not set up any particular projects at the studio, and it’s not clear whether they will take any projects with them from Columbia.

The Zuckers are among a handful of filmmakers expected to land at the studio in the coming months. David and Jerry Zucker made their mark with a succession of spoofs, beginning with “Airplane” in 1981 with partner Jim Abrahams.

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