Moviemaking at Columbia Pictures is getting to be more of a Democratic process.
Studio has just purchased romantic comedy spec “Bobby Ewing” — the debut feature screenplay from Linda Bloodworth, a TV vet and celebrated Clintonista. Project will be co-produced by the CAA-repped Bloodworth and her husband and producing partner, TV director Harry Thomason.
Story concerns an indefatigable immigrant who, having learned passable English from watching reruns of “Dallas,” is nonetheless repeatedly foiled in his attempts to cross the U.S. border. However, his perseverance eventually leads to a romance with an INS agent.
Peter Schlessel, president of production for Col, called the spec “rare and enchanting” in a written statement, praising its “well-defined characters and a crisp, intelligent voice.”
While the two are well known for creating CBS skeins “Designing Women,” “Evening Shade,” and last year’s NBC skein, “Emeril” which was cancelled quickly, it was their work as ersatz hagiographers of the Democratic Party that most often got their names in boldface type in the national press.
The pair’s Mozark Prods. (derived from the combination of Missouri and Arkansas, their home states) made shorts that promulgated the teachings and life history of candidate and later, prexy, Bill Clinton.
Col senior veepee of production Andrea Giannetti will supervise the project’s development along with Schlessel.