Neal Moritz is looking to screenwriter Buddy Johnson, who has sold his spec comedy script “Whitey” to Moritz’s Col-based Original Film in a deal valued at $400,000 against $700,000.
Scribe co-wrote Dimension Films’ $145 million smash “Scary Movie” and also co-penned Columbia’s upcoming sendup of life and love among the Clearasil set, “Teen Movie” (also known as “Ten Things I Hate About Clueless Roadtrips When I Can’t Hardly Wait to Be Kissed”), with Phil Beauman.
“Whitey” marks the first solo screenplay outing for Johnson, who has served as a co-producer on TV skein “The Wayans Bros.” Script follows a smooth-talking, African-American con artist in New York City who must clear his name after he is framed for murder by crooked cops. While on the lam in North Carolina, he decides to resurface in disguise as the whitest of white guys.
Move was a preemptive one, made with Original’s discretionary fund. Exec veepee of production Brad Luff will produce with Moritz.
Johnson was repped by Brian Sher at the Broder Kurland Webb Uffner Agency.