New York's PartyBuddys inspires pic
Wilmer Valderrama, a nightlife scene denizen, has set up at Universal a pic based on PartyBuddys, a real-life Gotham nightclub guide service started by James King and Jason Roefaro.Valderrama will produce and possibly star in the project, which Mike Samonek is penning. The PartyBuddys company ferries clients — primarily out-of-town businessmen willing to pay hefty fees — around Manhattan hotspots and helps them get past velvet ropes and into VIP rooms. In a New York Times profile of the service in January 2005, Roefaro said, “This service is like paying to drive a race car or be taken up in a fighter plane. They’re not race-car drivers or fighter pilots, they’re accountants and lawyers, but for a short time they can imagine they are. For that night, they’re not an accountant; they’re Paris Hilton or P. Diddy.” He added that one recent group of Minneapolis consultants who used their service “hired fake paparazzi to photograph them getting in and out of the limo. They also had their own velvet rope and red carpet they carried around with them.” Exec producing “PartyBuddys” are Glenn Rigberg and John Tantillo of the Rigberg Entertainment Group, which manages Valderrama. Thesp will next appear in Richard Linklater’s “Fast Food Nation,” which Fox Searchlight is skedded to release in November, and Paul Feig’s “Unaccompanied Minors,” due out from Warner Bros. in December. Now that the long-running “That ’70s Show” skein has wrapped, Valderrama now stars and exec produces “Yo Momma” for MTV. Samonek’s credits include laffer “The Whole Pemberton Thing” and the current draft of “Car Wars,” both at Warners.