Pair create 'Magic' together

Tom Shadyac and Universal have picked up “Magic 8 Ball,” a high-concept comedy pitch about the soothsaying toy by Barry Blaustein and Jason Hefter, with an eye for Shadyac to direct. Blaustein’s credits include writing “Coming to America” and “The Nutty Professor,” as well as more recently helming and penning “The Ringer” and wrestling docu “Beyond the Mat.” Hefter’s credits include writing “Ultimate Rush” and “Assembly Required.”

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