Stan Zimmerman and Jim Berg have sold their youth action-comedy pitch “Cops & Robbers” to Walt Disney Pictures, with Mike Mitchell (“Deuce Bigalow”) attached to direct and Immortal Entertainment to produce.
Zimmerman and Berg will pen the script, a spoof of action buddy pics like “48 Hours” and “Lethal Weapon” with kids playing adults in all the roles.
Berg and Zimmerman acknowledge a creative debt to Alan Parker’s 1976 “Bugsy Malone,” in which Jodie Foster played a pint-size gun moll to the 14-year-old Scott Baio’s Bugsy. But they emphasized that “Cops & Robbers” was not a remake or sequel.
“We loved ‘Bugsy Malone,’ but that was a very insular world,” said Berg. “This will take place in a huge, modern city populated by 7-to-14-year-olds.”
Zimmerman added, “We won’t use guns or serious violence, but we still want to have exciting action sequences.”
Immortal’s Happy Walters, Matt Weaver and Cary Woods will produce the pic. Scott Nemes will co-produce. Endeavor put together the package.
Supervising the pic for the studio are Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group prexy Nina Jacobson, senior VP Jason Reed and creative exec Michael Haynes.
Zimmerman and Berg are best known for their work on “Roseanne” and “A Very Brady Sequel.” They have four ABC telepics in development, including musical “The Wiz” and a “Grease” reunion.