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MGM picks ‘Best Man’

Scribes DePaul, Nelken low-six against mid-six figure deal

Scribes Greg DePaul and Hank Nelken are on a winning track, selling their pitch “May The Best Man Win” to MGM.

The writers will be paid low-six against mid-six figures to pen the screenplay. Pic will be produced by Neil Moritz and Brad Luff.

Story revolves around a guy about to get married whose two best friends go to war to be chosen as his best man.

“They work quickly,” said Alex Gartner, executive veep of production at MGM. “They’ve got the story very well worked out.”

Gartner said his familiarity with the duo’s other work helped speed the “Best Man” deal.

DePaul and Nelken were also recently hired by Disney to write “Park It Here,” about a valet at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Craig Baumgarten is attached to produce.

DePaul and Nelken last year sold “Saving Silverman” to Village Roadshow Pictures. That pic, too, centers on a wedding: two buddies team up to save their best friend from marrying the wrong woman. Moritz and Luff are again producing, and the project is said to be on the fast-track at Village Roadshow.

The comic scribes also penned the original script, “Wrecked,” currently in development at New Line.

Nelken graduated from USC Film School, while DePaul received an MFA from Catholic University.

The scribes’ deal was negotiated by their agent, John Klane of the John Klane Agency, and attorney Paul Mayersohn of Surpin, Mayersohn and Edelstone.

(Dade Hayes contributed to this report.)

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