Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Films have tapped the screenwriting team of Abdi Nazemian and Micah Schraft to pen the script for “Family Jewels,” a remake of the 1965 Jerry Lewis comedy.
Project, which has been in development for several years, centers on an orphaned rich girl who must choose between relatives fighting for custody of her while discovering that her chauffeur is also her best friend. Nickelodeon senior VP Julia Pistor will produce along with Andrew Wald and Chris Lewis.
Nazemian and Scraft wrote “Dot,” a thriller directed by Jamie Babbit about a deaf orphan teen; project’s in post-production for Burnt Orange Prods. The duo’s also written “Gold,” a pilot for the WB with Tollin/Robbins and Touchstone TV producing.
In the original “Family Jewels,” Lewis played seven parts, including the chauffeur/bodyguard of a 9-year-old girl and all six uncles.