Dowling to script DreamWorks comedy

Rewrite to hone concept for Speck, Gordon to helm

DreamWorks has tapped hot comedy scribe Tim Dowling to write its untitled office comedy, which “Blades of Glory” helmers Will Speck and Josh Gordon are attached to direct.

“The Hangover” scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore wrote the original script, though insiders tell Variety that Dowling’s draft will be a page-one rewrite.

Initially, the “Hangover”-esque premise involved an office Christmas party that gets out of hand, but it’s currently unclear whether the film will be set during the holidays. Several top comic actors have expressed interest in the project, though no cast is officially attached yet.

Scott Stuber is producing with Management 360’s Guymon Casady and Daniel Rappaport.

Dowling, named one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch in 2010, is coming off writing a remake of the buddy comedy “Uptown Saturday Night” for Warner Bros. and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment banner. Scribe recently penned 20th Century Fox’s upcoming Chris Pine-Tom Hardy starrer “This Means War,” as well as the “Midnight Run” sequel for Universal.

Dowling is repped by CAA, Mosaic and attorney Rick Genow.

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