Warner Bros. has made a low-six-figure deal for “The Meddlers,” a spec to be produced through Denise Di Novi’s Di Novi Pictures.
Written by brothers Daniel and Steven Altier with Weston Almond, the comedy concerns a pair of twentysomething slackers who begin to suffer delusions of being a cop team after watching too many 1970s-era reruns.
Script contains multiple tongue-in-cheek references to classics of the genre such as “Baretta,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Kojak” and the standard bearer, “Starsky and Hutch.”
Di Novi story editor John Sacchi and VP of development Alison Greenspan brought the project into the company. Championing “The Meddlers” at Warner Bros. were creative exec Daniel Lynn and VP Jeff Robinov.
The Altier-penned “The Meddlers” should not be confused with another WB-based project, “Meddlers,” which is being produced at Bonnie Bruckheimer and Bette Midler’s All Girl Prods. The Altier-Almond project will likely undergo a name change.
The Altier brothers and Almond, all first-time writers, are repped by Brad Rosenfeld at Preferred Artists, Jonathan Hung of Chris Lee Prods. and attorney Rob Szymanski at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols and Adler.