Paramount has joined “The Fighting Quakers,” setting up a pitch by comedy specialist Tim Herlihy at Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production shingle.
Story centers on an up-and-coming Philadelphia lawyer who wants to schmooze potential clients by joining the Fighting Quakers, a storied National Guard unit that has devolved into a social club for the city’s wealthy elite. Complications ensue when the regiment is called to active duty for the first time in 100 years and sent to Eastern Europe.
Herlihy is performing a rewrite on “The Longest Yard,” a Happy Madison/MTV production co-financed by Paramount and Sony. Sandler toplines the remake with Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds.
Herlihy’s scripting credits include half a dozen Sandler comedies — “The Waterboy,” “Little Nicky,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Happy Gilmore,” “Big Daddy” and Mr. Deeds.” He was an exec producer on “Anger Management.”