Canton, Senator love ‘unromantic’ comedy

Tyro scribe Douglas to pen script

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PARK CITY, Utah — Mark Canton’s the Canton Co. and Senator Entertainment have brought on “Scary Movie” scribes Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer to develop an “unromantic” comedy with Frank Coraci, director of “The Waterboy” and “The Wedding Singer.”

Newcomer Tad Douglas is penning the script.

Story centers on a young couple who decide that they hate each other after becoming engaged and moving in together. The would-be groom has to figure out how to escape the relationship and still get back the engagement ring that happens to be a priceless family heirloom.

“While ‘The Wedding Singer’ was my ideal view of love, this movie will be my realistic view on love — twisted and crazy with lots of funny, gratuitous sex scenes,” said Coraci. “Kind of like most people’s relationships, especially my own.”

Canton and Senator principal Hanno Huth will likely produce the project, with Friedberg and Seltzer serving as executive producers. Nathan Kahane will serve as the exec on behalf of the Canton Co., Carsten Lorenz as the exec for Senator.

Deal was negotiated by Endeavor on behalf of Coraci. Basic Entertainment reps Friedberg, Seltzer and Douglas.

After ’24 Hours’

Earlier this month, the Warner Bros. Pictures-based Canton Co. announced “24 Hours,” the first film given the nod under its new joint venture with German entertainment and exhibition company Senator. The five-year joint venture calls for the two companies to develop and co-finance an average of four to six major theatrical titles annually.

Company also recently acquired “The Company,” to be directed by Rupert Wainwright, and “Alexander,” an historical epic based on the life of Alexander the Great. Christopher McQuarrie will direct the film, scripted by Peter Buchman (“Jurassic Park III”).

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