Studio nabs comedy pitch

HOLLYWOOD — Universal Pictures has paid low against mid-six figures for “World’s Greatest Dad,” a pitch by screenwriters Lisa Addario and Joseph Syracuse.

Comedy concerns a harried widow with three restless sons who is transformed into a dream dad after consuming a magic formula. She retains her looks, but when she begins acting like a man, the boys grow desperate to find the antidote that will bring their real mom back.

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Addario and Syracuse, repped by Gersh and the Bauer Co., are developing the romantic comedy “Hunters & Gatherers” for U and Tapestry Films.

They also are creating and writing an untitled TV pilot for Warner Bros.

Duo wrote and directed the film “Lovergirl,” which screened in competition at the 1998 AFI Film Fest and was an official selection at the 1997 Toronto Film Festival and the 1999 Tokyo Intl. Film Festival.

U production VP Tim O’Hair, who acquired the project, will oversee it for the studio.

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