Josephson and Sonnenfeld to produce
After playing studio hopscotch, the action comedy “The Crew” has been gathered and greenlit at DreamWorks with Dean Parisot attached to helm, sources said Wednesday.
Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld are producing the project, which will start shooting in mid-June. Barry Fanaro is scripting.
Pic had been set for Touchstone, which disagreed over the director and put it in turnaround. Miramax, 20th Century Fox and others showed interest.
DreamWorks, intrigued by the comic potential, jumped on it quickly and greenlit the film within a week of hearing the original proposal.
Story is about four former Mafiosos, now in their 60s and living in Miami. When their rent is driven up by an influx of Yuppies, they hatch a plot to stage a murder using an already-dead body in the lobby.
The plot runs afoul when the dead body happens to be the father of a Miami drug lord who vows revenge against them.
DreamWorks production chief Bob Cooper and production exec Paul Lister will oversee production of the project.
Parisot, who won an Oscar for the short “The Appointment of Dennis Jennings,” also helmed “Home Fries.”
Fanaro, a former writer on “The Golden Girls,” also penned “Kingpin” and is currently scripting “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” for Tom Shadyac to helm for Universal.
United Talent Agency packaged the deal at DreamWorks for Parisot and Fanaro. Three Arts Management also repped Parisot.