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Par has lock on ‘Storage’

Studio packs up laffer pitch

Paramount Classics has bought a broad comedy pitch from Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien based on their 2005 short “American Storage.”

Beau Bauman will produce through his shingle Tower of Babble.

O’Brien and Cohen will write the screenplay for the full-length feature, with Cohen directing.

Their short, which preemed at the Aspen Comedy Festival, revolves around a storage facility employee who discovers a man living in one of the units. David Krumholtz, Martin Starr and Steve Carrell starred.

Feature version will follow the two men as they turn the facility into an illegal apartment complex for an underground community of social misfits.

“We’re pumped,” O’Brien said. “It’s good to finally get a shot.”

Cohen previously worked for writer-producer Judd Apatow and was an associate producer on “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” as well as the upcoming Will Ferrell starrer “Talladega Nights.” O’Brien also worked on “Virgin” as an assistant to producer Shauna Robertson.

Bauman, who produced “Cry Wolf” for Rogue Pictures, recently set up “Hail to the Chief” at Focus Features.

Par Classics’ upcoming releases include Al Gore docu “An Inconvenient Truth” and feature “Babel.”

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