Scribe set to helm his coming-of-age tale

Sony’s Columbia Pictures has purchased an untitled pitch from scribe Eric Champnella for $250,000 against $500,000.

Neal Moritz’s Original Films is on board to develop and produce the pitch, which is described by one insider as “a coming-of-age college comedy about how a guy transforms himself into ‘the big man on campus.’ ”

Original exec Heather Zeegen brought the project into Col veepee Andrea Gianetti and creative exec Jonathan Kadin.

In addition to selling the pitch, Champnella is set to direct his script “I Was A Teenage Movie” for producer Beau Flynn and Key Entertainment. “Teenage” marks the feature helming debut of Champnella, whose previously penned and helmed “Mail to the Chief,” starring Randy Quaid and Holland Taylor for ABC’s “Wonderful World of Disney.”

He is also penning a pilot at DreamWorks with Keith Mitchell for Gary David Goldberg.

Champnella is represented by United Talent Agency and by attorney David Feldman of Bloom, Hergott, Diemer & Cook.

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