David Levien and Brian Koppelman, one of the filmbiz’ faster-rising writing duos, have gone on to lock up two high-profile (and high-six-figure) rewriting assignments for Walt Disney Pictures president David Vogel. The duo has also landed a spec script project — a story involving penny-ante mobsters in Boston called “Guido’s All American” — at Warner Bros. with producer Andrew Lazar.
The pair’s manager, Seth Jaret of the newly formed Revolution Entertainment production shingle, worked the mid-six-figure WB deal in accord with their attorney, Karl Austen of Armstrong & Hirsch. Jaret will executive-produce “Guido’s All American” with Lazar. It marks the twosome’s third deal that Jaret and Austen have conjured without benefit of an agent.
Additionally, Levien and Koppelman also managed to sign on with the William Morris Agency for traditional representation not only in film, but also in television.
It’s clear that being agented has its own blandishments, since it was the team’s WMA reps, Ramses IsHak and Spencer Baumgarten, who worked their Disney deals with Vogel. The two projects up for the pair’s ministrations are “The Disciple,” with Caravan Pictures’ Roger Birnbaum producing, and “Mandrake,” for Buena Vista lot-based producer Tom Jacobson and Hearst Entertainment’s Rick Karro.
Although he’s become a principal in Revolution, Jaret said he will remain intimately involved in his client’s joint career. The two other projects he set up for them, “Rounders” at Miramax and “Weasels” at United Artists, are moving ahead at their respective companies (Daily Variety, March 13, April 24).