UA’s tickled ‘Pink’ by scribe Franklyn

'Toes' to walk into prod'n early next year

United Artists has preemptively purchased Jill Franklyn’s comedy spec “Pink Coma Toes” and attached Scott Kalvert (“The Basketball Diaries”) to direct.

Project will be produced by Kalvert and Melissa Barrett’s Fireball Films. UA plans to put the pic into production early next year. UA’s Jerry Rich and Larry Gleason will oversee the project for the studio.

In “Toes,” a straitlaced young woman hopes to revive her fiance’s failing health by fulfilling his list of wild fantasies. As she performs each fantasy, she discovers a new identity and a spiritual connection beyond anything she ever imagined.

For Franklyn, the sale comes two months after Brad Weston and Millennium Films nabbed her comedy “Actually, Howard Got Cuter.”

Debut with ‘Mister’

Franklyn’s feature writing debut, “My First Mister,” will be released by Paramount Classics next year. Christine Lahti directed the dramatic comedy, which stars Albert Brooks and Leelee Sobieski.

Franklyn also recently signed a consulting deal on Fox’s “Ally McBeal.” Prior to that, she worked as a staff writer-producer on ABC’s “It’s Like, You Know” and earned an Emmy nom for the “Yada, Yada, Yada” episode of “Seinfeld.”

Helmer Kalvert is in post-production on UA’s “Deuces Wild.”

Franklyn is repped by Margaret Riley at Industry Entertainment, Endeavor and attorney Carlos Goodman at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols & Adler.

Kalvert is repped by CAA.

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