HOLLYWOOD — Paramount has snapped up college comedy spec “Senior Week” from Erica Rivinoja, setting it up for John Goldwyn and Lorne Michaels to produce.
Story centers on a hard-working collegian who learns he won’t be the class valedictorian and decides to spend his last week at school living the life he’s missed for the past four years.
Rivinoja developed “Senior Week” with Pam Brady (“South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut,” “Team America”), and the project is a potential first-time directing vehicle for Brady.
Jill Messick, exec VP at Michaels’ Broadway Video Motion Pictures shingle, will exec produce along with Brady. Paramount president Tom Jacobson and senior VP Pamela Abdy are overseeing for the studio.
Spec auction, conducted by UTA, drew multiple bids. Deal comes in the wake of pronouncements by Viacom co-prexy Tom Freston and new studio chief Brad Grey that Par plans to seek riskier material aimed at younger auds.
Rivinoja and Brady worked together on Comedy Central’s “South Park,” where Brady’s been a consultant since the series’ inception. “Senior Week” is the first feature project for Rivinoja, who’s split time for the past three seasons writing for “South Park” and the WB’s “Grounded for Life.”
Both Michaels and Goldwyn are based at Paramount. Michaels produced “Mean Girls” and is teamed with former Par prexy Goldwyn on “Curly Oxide and Vic Thrill,” “Sebastian Knight” and “Mall Cops.”