Farrelly, Wessler to produce comedy project
Overture Films and A Bigger Boat are going short, developing an untitled feature produced by Peter Farrelly and Charles Wessler consisting of two dozen short comedy films in the vein of “The Groove Tube” and “Kentucky Fried Movie.”
Directors already in talks include Brett Ratner, Todd Phillips, Mike Judge, Josh Gordon and Will Speck. Farrelly also will direct two of the shorts.
Overture will handle domestic distribution, while GreeneStreet Films Intl. is set to sell the film internationally. John Penotti will produce and Tim Williams will exec produce for GSFI, with Marc Ambrose line producing and Tom Gormican co-producing.
Pre-production is under way; shooting is scheduled to begin in January.
Farrelly and Wessler have collaborated previously on “There’s Something About Mary,” “Dumb and Dumber” and “Shallow Hal.”
A Bigger Boat Films recently launched with “Frozen,” a thriller to be directed by Adam Green from his own script. The production company runs in partnership with GreeneStreet Films and Peter Block.
Two-year-old Overture has first-look deals with Don Cheadle, Lawrence Bender, George Tillman and Bob Teitel’s State Street and Philip Seymour Hoffman and Emily Ziff’s Cooper’s Town Prods. Its upcoming pics are “Nothing Like the Holidays,” “Last Chance Harvey” and “Sunshine Cleaning.”