Summit, Mandalay go ‘Mental’

Roadtrip comedy centers on unstable patient

Summit Entertainment has decided to go “Mental,” acquiring the comedy screenplay by Bear Aderhold and Tom Sullivan and setting it up with Mandalay Pictures.

Story centers on a desperate orderly who has 10 hours to transport a seemingly-stable mental patient from Pasadena to Santa Monica in order to get a piece of the patient’s inheritance. What should have been an easy task turns into the roadtrip from hell as the patient’s multiple disorders cause one disaster after another.

It’s the second teaming between Summit and Mandalay following their pairing on “Get Some,” currently filming in Orlando. Mandalay’s exec VP David Zelon introduced the material to Summit’s Erik Feig.

Summit relaunched itself as a full-service studio earlier this year. Principals Robert Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger plan to release and distribute 10 to 12 pics a year, including eight that will be inhouse productions (Daily Variety, April 20).

Aderhold and Sullivan penned “Delta Farce.” They’re repped by Paradigm and managed by Evolution.

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