Scribes set to make helming bow
Screenwriting sibs Paul and Chris Weitz are set to make their helming debut on Universal’s teen comedy “East Grand Rapids High.”Universal is in talks with “Good Will Hunting” producer Chris Moore to produce the film along with Warren Zide and Craig Perry. The $8 million broad comedy is based on a formerly untitled spec script by Adam Herz, which Universal optioned for $650,000 against $750,000 earlier this year (Daily Variety, January 28). The story concerns the plight of four high school pals who are informed by the fifth member of their clique that he’s just lost his virginity. The quartet make a pact that they all will be deflowered by graduation day, and the film follows their pursuit of that elusive goal. Universal exec Allison Brecker is overseeing the project for the studio. With the Weitzes onboard, U is moving quickly on the project, putting it into immediate pre-production for a June or July start. While the Weitz brothers come from a film/theater background — their mother, Susan Kohner, was nominated for a best supporting actress Academy Award for the 1959 remake of “Imitation of Life,” and their father is fashion designer John Weitz — the duo have carved out their own names as screenwriters. They previously wrote “Antz,” the DreamWorks animated feature slated for a 1999 release, and they are currently penning “The Fly” for Jack Rapke and Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers. They also wrote and are co-executive producing the Columbia/TriStar TV pilot “Fantasy Island” for ABC. The Weitz brothers are repped by David Lubliner of the William Morris Agency and attorney Linda Lichter.