Peyser, Marx sell ‘Darkness’

Former Daily Variety film reporter Andy Marx and Los Angeles Times cartoonist Tony Peyser sold a comedy pitch to Walt Disney Pictures called “Darkness at Night” for producer Laurence Mark (“Jerry Maguire,” “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion”). The pitch sold for mid-six figures.

The comedy is about a small Southern town that rolls out the red carpet for visiting filmmakers, unaware that they are actually crooks planning a heist. Their phony movie is a crime thriller called “Darkness at Night.”

Mark brought the pitch to Walt Disney president David Vogel, who stepped up and sealed the deal.

The pitch marks the first sale for the writing team, who have been friends for many years. The idea came from Marx, who as a journalist visiting film sets saw firsthand how small towns bend over backward for movie production companies.

Mark is currently in production on “The Object of My Affection,” with Nicholas Hytner directing for 20th Century Fox. Attorney David Colden repped the two writers in the deal.

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