Sports comedy set up with Segal, Ewing
New Line’s looking to score with “The Refs,” setting up the football comedy with veteran comedy helmer Peter Segal and Michael Ewing through their Callahan Filmworks banner.Segal is developing “The Refs” with an eye to directing the project, which New Line bought as a pitch from scribes Michael Barker, Matthew Weitzman and Chris McKenna. The trio’s penning the “Refs” script, which centers on a group of underappreciated NFL referees who seek what’s owed them by manipulating the outcome of the Super Bowl. Segal is on familiar turf, having helmed Paramount and Sony’s remake of “The Longest Yard.” His other directing credits include “Anger Management,” “50 First Dates” and “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps.” He’s attached to helm Fox’s “Starship Dave,” with Eddie Murphy starring, and Warner Bros.’ “Get Smart,” with Steve Carell. Barker and Weitzman co-created and serve as showrunners on Fox’s animated laffer “American Dad.” The duo also worked on Fox’s “Family Guy” and NBC’s “Father of the Pride.” McKenna wrote Exodus Film Group’s upcoming CG-animated comedy “Igor,” to which the Weinstein Co. recently acquired North American rights.