Despite furious bidding, Fox 2000 Pictures wouldn’t let go of Jason Katims’ spec “Letting Go,” snatching up the script for $1.25 million on Wednesday.
Currently a showrunner on David E. Kelley’s Fox skein “Boston Public,” Katims also created series “Roswell” and “Relativity.”
A broad comedy with a tone reminiscent of “Meet the Parents,” “Letting Go” follows two boomer parents who experience severe empty nest syndrome after dropping off their son at college. Instead of dealing with it the hard way, the mother gets deeply involved with her son’s life at school, imagining he is the target of a plot and venturing up to the ivory tower to “rescue” him.
Pic is being produced by Bedford Falls Co. principals Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, as well as production execs Robin Budd and company prexy Rick Solomon. Katims will exec produce the pic.
Fox 2000 exec Carla Hacken brought the project into the company and will oversee its development with topper Elizabeth Gabler.
Katims, who started out as a writer on the cult fave “My So Called Life,” went on to script the spec that became 1998 David Schwimmer comedy “The Pallbearer.”
He was repped in the deal by CAA.