Helmer to take on Par film after 'Analyze' sequel

Harold Ramis is negotiating to direct “Let’s Make Friends,” a Larry Levin-scripted comedy about male bonding that is being produced by De Line Pictures for Paramount.

The comedy revolves around a man in his 30s whose life is perfect, save for one thing: He doesn’t have a best friend. His quest leads him to a water delivery man, who promptly turns the yuppie’s life upside down and imperils his relationship with his wife.

Project originated as a pitch that De Line set up with Levin, whose most recent scripting credit was “Dr. Dolittle 2.”

Ramis, who last directed “Bedazzled,” hopes to make the movie early next year after completing “Analyze That,” sequel to his “Analyze This,” with Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal and Lisa Kudrow reprising.

Also in the pipeline for De Line, who recently reupped his producing deal at Par: Mark Wahlberg is negotiating to topline a remake of “The Italian Job” with F. Gary Gray directing a script by Donna and Wayne Powers.

With C-W Prods. partners Paula Wagner and Tom Cruise, De Line recently acquired rights to the Doug Marlette novel “The Bridge” to be adapted by scribe Mark Andrus.

Ramis is repped by CAA.

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