U rings ‘Suicide Bride’

First feature deal for Avallone

Universal Pictures has acquired the feature rights to Susan Avallone’s comedy spec “Suicide Bride” for Uni-based Lawrence Gordon Prods.

Lawrence Gordon will produce along with Cari-Esta Albert and Lloyd Levin.

Albert, who once worked as a production exec at Universal, developed the project with Avallone before taking it to Gordon and the studio. Michael Levy ushered the project into Gordon’s company.

“Suicide Bride” tells the story of a reluctant bride whose life takes a turn for the better when members of her high school cheerleading squad return to their hometown to serve as her bridesmaids. The four friends, all facing life after 30, collectively attempt to discern their all-American pasts from where their lives now are heading.

Uni’s Mary Parent brought the project into the studio and will oversee its development.

The deal marks the first spec sale by Avallone, who was repped on the deal by Milissa Brockish of the Monteiro-Rose Agency.

Also at Universal, Gordon and Levin are producing, along with Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson, the comic superhero pic “Mystery Men.” Pic is set for a mid-October start under Kinka Usher’s helm and with a cast that includes Geoffrey Rush, William H. Macy, Hank Azaria, Janeane Garofalo and Lena Olin.

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