''Itch,' Berg project on co.'s slate
This article was corrected on October 21, 2003.
Radar Pictures has teamed with DreamWorks and “Old School” writer Scot Armstrong on “The Seven Day Itch,” a romantic comedy inspired by “The Heartbreak Kid.”
Also upcoming from Radar are two pics from its genre division, Platinum Dunes, which is headed by Michael Bay: Jaume Collet-Serra’s “Horsemen,” and a new project for “The Rundown” director Peter Berg.
Radar owner Ted Field executive produces all Radar projects, which are produced or executive produced by in-house production execs Erica Huggins, Scott Kroopf or Joe Rosenberg.
The first Radar-Platinum Dunes production, Marcus Nispel’s “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” will be released by New Line Cinema on Friday. Radar will end the year with Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Last Samurai.” Other 2003 Radar releases included “Le Divorce” and “How To Deal.” Up next in 2004 is Universal’s “The Chronicles of Riddick” starring Vin Diesel and “Untitled Mask Project” at New Line.
“The Seven Day Itch” is the story of a man who hastily weds a local girl who he thinks is perfect until he falls in love with another girl during the honeymoon.
The next Platinum Dunes project will likely be “Horsemen,” a thriller about a tough cop who discovers he has a disturbing connection to the suspect in serial murder case.
Focus Intl. also handles foreign rights on that title, and is Radar’s exclusive rep for co-financing and international distribution.
Berg is developing “Coast Guard Project” for Platinum Dunes, an actioner that pits the Coast Guard against a terrorist who wants to oversee a July 4 attack against the United States.
‘Famous’ in the works
Other Radar projects in development include two remakes set up at Miramax Films: the Oscar-nommed Belgian pic “Everybody Famous,” adapted by Grant Morris, and France’s “Tanguy,” with Jimmy Fallon attached to star.
David Koepp has also written “Zathura” for Columbia Pictures, an adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s (“Jumanji”) family adventure novel in which extraterrestrials spring from a mysterious game board.
In house, Radar is developing “The Quality of Life Report,” which Meghan Daum adapted from her own novel; “Soldier Field,” written by Matthew Carnahan with Joe Carnahan (“Narc”) executive producing; and “Turn,” a remake of a Japanese thriller that will be produced by Roy Lee (“The Ring”).