Studio grabs comedy pitch after WB passes
Producer Andrew Lazar has sold a comedy pitch by “Larry Sanders Show” scribe Adam Resnick to Paramount Pictures for $325,000 against $650,000.The project, tentatively titled “Numbers,” concerns a down-on-his-luck everyman who gets involved with a lottery scam. Paramount moved quickly to take the pitch off the market after Warner Bros. — where Lazar’s Mad Chance Prods. is based — passed on it. Resnick, a one-time “Late Night with David Letterman” writer who oversaw the last season of “The Larry Sanders Show,” will pen the screenplay. Mad Chance co-producer Jody Hedien was also instrumental in developing the pitch. Lazar is producing the Johnny Depp-starrer “The Astronaut’s Wife” for New Line, along with Paul Weinstein’s and Barry Levinson’s “IQ 83,” which Levinson is attached to direct. His previous credits include the thriller “Bound” and the Richard Donner-helmed actioner “Assassins.” After his “Late Night” stint, Resnick co-created the Chris Elliot comedy series “Get a Life” for Fox. He then penned and directed the feature “Cabin Boy” for Touchstone. Attorney Peter Nichols repped Lazar in the deal with Paramount; Resnick was repped by his agents at Endeavor.