Pasquin to take on ‘World’

20th takes on Par turnaround

Director John Pasquin is set to helm the comedy “Small World” for 20th Century Fox and Chuck Gordon’s Daybreak Prods.

Based on a pitch by Bob Destri Hilgenberg and Rob Muir, “Small” originally was set up at Paramount, but about a year ago was picked up off turnaround by Fox. Robert King is penning a rewrite, and now, with Pasquin onboard, the studio hopes to go out to actors in the coming weeks.

“Small” follows the high jinks of the black sheep son of a successful businessman, as he accompanies his nearly blind father on a trip to Italy. The incompetent offspring loses their non-refundable tickets, but determined to make the best of it, he takes the father on a tour of New York City, pretending all the while that it is Europe.

Gordon, who most recently produced “October Sky” (formerly “Rocket Boys”) for Universal, takes producing duties on “Small World.” Fox executive vice president Elizabeth Gabler is overseeing the project for the studio.

Pasquin — a veteran TV helmer who segued to features with the hit 1994 Tim Allen starrer “The Santa Clause” — last directed the fish-out-of-water comedy “Jungle 2 Jungle” for Disney. He is repped by CAA.

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