Dimension Films has tapped “The Break-Up” writers Jay Lavender and Jeremy Garelick to make their feature directing debut on “The Golden Tux,” a comedy that will be custom-fitted to star Dan Fogler.
Todd Phillips is producing, and Lavender and Garelick will exec produce.
Fogler will play a charismatic guy who makes his living as a professional best man. He is hired by a lonely guy to make his wedding day one to remember.
The deal puts Fogler in first-dollar gross position for the first time, in what has been a remarkable flurry of deals for an actor nobody has really seen yet.
Fogler, who won a Tony for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” logged his first significant screen time in a supporting role in “School for Scoundrels,” which Phillips directed for Dimension.
Despite his relative anonymity, several studios have inked him to pic deals. He toplines the Spyglass/Rogue Pictures comedy “Balls of Fury” as a ping-pong-playing spy; stars in “Fanboys” for the Weinstein Co.; co-stars with Dane Cook and Jessica Alba in the Lionsgate comedy “Good Luck Chuck”; then follows by playing a young Alfred Hitchcock in the Chase Palmer-directed “The Number Thirteen” before starting “The Golden Tux.”
Fogler was also at the center of sizeable spec package deals “Spanky Johnson: Monster Hunter” at Spyglass and “Kid Delicious” at Lionsgate.
Fogler is currently back onstage in New York, starring in “The Voyage of the Carcass” at the Soho Playhouse.
“The Golden Tux” sat in Lavender and Garelick’s closet for a long time. They sold it to Dimension in 2002, the first significant deal for the writers, who met while they worked as assistants at CAA.
Their lives changed dramatically when Vince Vaughn tapped the writers to draft his idea for “The Break-Up,” which Universal bought in a spec auction for $2.25 million. After the picture became a hit, Lavender and Garelick signed a deal worth between $2 million and $3 million for two pitches they will write for Universal and producers Scott Stuber and Mary Parent.