TV toon pair moves to live-action for Fox pic
“King of the Hill” writers Alan Cohen and Alan Freedland have become the latest scribes from the hit animated series to add a live-action feature to their kingdom.Twentieth Century Fox has paid low six against mid-six figures for the comedy pitch “Lost in Duncanville” from Cohen, Freedland and “Hill” co-creator Mike Judge. Pitch, which contains strong echoes of the Texas-set sitcom, is about a Wall St. investment banker and his best friend who fly to Texas for a bachelor party, and subsequently spend a hellish night in a Dallas suburb. Judge — who also created MTV’s “Beavis and Butthead” — has a first-look film and TV deal with Fox, under which he is directing the live-action comedy “Office Space.” Per sources, Cohen and Freedland will write the “Duncanville” script, while Judge will supervise development. Project is being eyed as a directing assignment for Judge after “Office,” although no definite decisions have been made. Judge will produce the pic along with Daniel Rappaport and Michael Rotenberg of 3 Arts Entertainment. Sources said that 20th Fox senior vice president of production Sanford Panitch was the studio exec on the project. Judge previously directed the animated “Beavis and Butthead” feature, “Beavis and Butthead Do America,” for Paramount Pictures. Cohen and Freedland were repped by Endeavor. (Chris Petrikin contributed to this report.)
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