English eyes ‘First Man’

TV vet takes political spin to the bigscreen

Murphy Brown” creator Diane English has cut a seven-figure deal to to write and direct the romantic comedy “First Man” for Disney-based Pfeffer Film. The pic would be English’s first as helmer.

“First Man” examines the shift in the balance of power in a marriage when a husband gives up his post as CEO of a successful company after his wife is elected the first female president of the United States.

“Man” is being fasttracked for development and production at the studio after English completes a rewrite for Disney on “Rich Girl” (aka “American Girl”). Idea for “Man” was brought into Pfeffer Film by shingle’s VP of production Asha Kurian. At Disney pic is being overseen by Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group prexy Nina Jacobson and VP production Jill Morris.

“I find stories about Washington and the media really appealing as that’s my place,” said English. “This project seemed like a really fun and interesting way to examine an American family in a really unusual situation and see how they play out their difficulties and dysfunctions against the backdrop of world events.”

English, repped by ICM, wrote and exec produced the hit TV series “Murphy Brown,” starring Candice Bergen, for CBS.

She is also currently attached to direct “The Women,” for Fine Line Features and “Even Steven” for New Line.

In terms of other projects, English is also attached to rewrite and direct an untitled female heist pic at Mouse House for Bill Mechanic’s Pandemonium shingle.

She is also in development at HBO on “The F Word” a 10-hour miniseries dealing, in fictional terms, with the most raucous decade (1965-75) in the history of the women’s liberation movement, with Diane Keaton, Whoopi Goldberg and Linda Ellerbee.

Disney recently bought the teen comedy pitch “Princess Boot Camp” for Pfeffer; Caryn Lucas (“Miss Congeniality”) is penning the script.

Pfeffer Film is also developing the comedy “Temping Fate,” to which Emily Baer has recently come on to pen a rewrite; the comedy “Pants on Fire”; and the Lewis Colick penned adaptation of Robert Frump’s novel “Until the Sea Shall Free Them.”

Pfeffer’s producing credits include “Crazy/Beautiful” and “A Civil Action.”

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