Brent Forrester’s comedy pitch “Gazillionaire” has made him a millionaire.
New Line Cinema has paid Forrester a heady $1 million to write up his idea described as “The Great Gatsby” as a broad comedy. Project is being developed as a possible directing vehicle for “King of the Hill” co-creator Mike Judge.
“It’s about a guy who used to be unpopular and is now trying to solve all of his psychological and romantic problems with a gazillion dollars,” Forrester told Daily Variety. Forrester said the idea stemmed from the word gazillionaire, “which is essentially a kids’ word for unfathomably rich,” but in the age of Bill Gates is less of a hyperbole.
“There certainly are a lot of people who are tempted to reinvent themselves after they have a degree of success, and this guy is trying to become a sexy playboy,” said Forrester, who is at work on the script now.
“He’s got tons of money but he’s basically an adolescent,” added Richard Brener, New Line’s vice president of production, who’s overseeing the project with company president Michael De Luca.
Forrester, who often works as a script doctor (“Iron Giant,” “Mystery Men,” “Liar Liar”), spent five seasons writing for “The Simpsons” — part of that time as a co-producer of the series — and also penned episodes of “The Ben Stiller Show,” “Daddy Dearest” and “King of the Hill.”
Forrester, who also will receive a producer credit on “Gazillionaire,” is repped by UTA.
While no deal has been made for Judge to direct the project, Forrester said that he will be developing “Gazillionaire” with Judge, who is looking for his next feature outing after his debut this year, “Office Space.”