Fox, Parker tune up for musical-comedy ‘Sonny’

Studio buys pitch for low against mid-six

Fox has purchased one of the rarest birds in feature film pitches: an old-fashioned, break-into-song musical comedy.

Hutch Parker’s TCF Film Prods. has paid low- against mid-six figures for “Sonny Day,” a pitch from Lauren Lloyd of management-production company MBST-Lloyd Prods., and writers Jamie McLaughlin and Boyce Bugliari, former staffers for the UPN sitcom “Sparks.”

Based on an idea from Lloyd, “Sonny” is the story of Sonny Day, a Midwestern farm boy who grew up on Elvis musicals. When his family is in danger of losing the farm, Sonny heads to Los Angeles to enter a band competition that he hopes to win and save his family from bankruptcy.

TCF veep Elyse Koplovitz will supervise the project’s development. MBST-Lloyd’s Lloyd and Larry Brezner will produce.

McLaughlin and Bugliari previously wrote the specs “Prince of Porcelain,” which was optioned by Ignite Films, and “Moon Pigs,” a script they wrote for the Donners’ Co.

The writers were repped by the Gersh Agency and attorney Karl Austen of Armstrong Hirsch.

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