Thesp, Lassiter to produce pic
Columbia Pictures has acquired comic pitch “My Wife Hates Your Wife,” with Gina Wendkos to script and Overbrook Entertainment partners Will Smith and James Lassiter producing.Wendkos is writing with Smith in mind, though the actor won’t make a decision until the screenplay is completed. Story revolves around two couples who do everything together until the ladies feud and the guys must sneak around to continue their now-illicit friendship. Col is prepping for a Dec. 15 release of the Gabriele Muccino-directed “The Pursuit of Happyness,” which Overbrook produced with Escape Artists. Once Smith completes starring in the Warner Bros. drama “I Am Legend,” he’ll return to the Columbia fold to star in the Peter Berg-directed “Tonight, He Comes,” which Smith is producing with Lassiter, Michael Mann and Akiva Goldsman. Wendkos’ credits include both “The Princess Diaries” films and “Coyote Ugly.” Wendkos and Smith are repped by CAA.