Studio nabs Paul Fruchbom's comedy spec

Columbia Pictures has scooped up Paul Fruchbom’s comedy spec “Winter’s Discontent” for low six figures.

Chuck Roven and Alex Gartner are producing for Atlas Entertainment, the film division of Mosaic Media Group.

Story centers on Herb Winter, whose wife dies after 50 years of marriage, prompting the long-faithful but sexually frustrated widower to move into a retirement community with his best buddy so the two can start living the swinging single life.

Deal marks the first sale for Fruchbom, a onetime banker and journalist. Sony also made a blind commitment for a future Fruchbom film.

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