Silver takes shine to Chick comedy pic

Laffer follows fired online exec exacting revenge

HOLLYWOOD — Universal Pictures-based producer Casey Silver has inked a deal to produce a dark comedy from tyro writer-helmer Austin Chick.

Chick’s “XX/XY” was a Sundance Film Festival fave, and will be distribbed by IFC in North America and Senator Intl. abroad.

Currently untitled, Chick’s comedy follows a recently fired online exec as he takes revenge on his ex-boss. Chick is also at work on “Love Is as Easy as 1, 2, 3,” which he hopes to cast soon and shoot in the late fall. He cited Silver’s body of work as an exec as the central reason for making the deal.

“Casey knows how to make movies with smart people in awkward, uncomfortable situations, instead with stupid people doing stupid things, and I find that a lot funnier,” Chick said.

The untitled Chick project was brought into Casey Silver Prods. by creative exec Kevin Huynh and will be overseen by exec VP Chris Salvaterra.

The Gersh Agency repped Chick in the deal.

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