'Quest' director to pilot McEvoy/Sussman penned comedy

On the heels of his comedy hit “Galaxy Quest,” helmer Dean Parisot is in final negotiations to direct the Artisan Entertainment/Summit Entertainment co-production “Locked and Upright” for a payday north of $2 million.

Written by Barry McEvoy (“An Everlasting Piece”) and David Sussman, “Locked” is a comedy about two sexy 1970s flight attendants who go back in time to World War II and save England from the Nazis.

Although it is unclear if “Locked” will be the director’s next project, Parisot is already planning to work with the writers on the script.

Sharing distribution

Summit brought the project to Artisan, which will handle the film’s domestic distribution. Summit will handle the film in overseas territories.

The project will be produced by Mark Johnson, Lou DiGiamo and Jerome O’Connor, with Summit’s Patrick Wachsberger and Modi Wiczyk overseeing production. Artisan production president Jon Shestack will also oversee the project with exec veep Caitlin Scanlon.

Parisot is repped by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorneys Patti Felker and Warren Dern at Nelson, Guggenheim, Felker and Levine.

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