Skein follows young H'wood
In another bid to beef up its comedy development roster, the WB has given a put pilot commitment to a half-hour laffer from “Tommy Boy” writing/directing duo Fred Wolf and Peter Segal.
The pilot is being produced by the WB’s inhouse boutique studio Michigan J. Frog Prods.
The potential skein is set in Los Angeles and revolves around a group of twentysomethings just starting out in Hollywood. Wolf and Segal plan to use their own experiences coming up the ranks in showbiz as inspiration for plots, peppering scripts with tales of agency mailroom clerks and executive assistants.
Skein is not meant to be an inside take on Hollywood, but more a look at the more common experience of young people just starting out in the workforce.
Segal and Wolf teamed together on “Tommy Boy,” with Segal helming the pic and Wolf rewriting the screenplay. Wolf also wrote “Black Sheep,” another Chris Farley/David Spade buddy pic.
Before getting into movies, Wolf spent five years as a writer on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” from 1992 through 1997. He was head writer during the 1995-96 season, a co-producer during the 1996-97 season and a featured performer from 1995-97.
Segal recently directed Eddie Murphy in “The Nutty Professor 2.” He also helmed the 1996 comedy “My Fellow Americans,” in which he had an onscreen part. Segal’s TV credits include a stint as a producer and director on ABC’s “The Jackie Thomas Show.”
Wolf’s deal was brokered by UTA, while Segal is repped by William Morris.