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Kevin Costello lines up 'Epic Fail,' 'Six Month Curse' with old bosses

Kevin Costello, who just started this week in The Fox Writer’s Studio, has lined up two feature projects for producers Sheldon Turner and Jennifer Klein, for whom he used to work.

In addition to completing a rewrite of “Six Month Curse” for Universal, Costello has written the comedy “Epic Fail,” which has Jon Hamm circling to star and ESPN veteran Mark Teitelman attached to direct.

Turner and Klein will produce the pic, which follows a down-on-his-luck high school teacher who recruits two students to stage his wife’s kidnapping so he can play the hero and rekindle their marriage.

Costello started out as Klein’s intern before serving as her assistant for three years. Klein and Turner developed “Epic Fail” before drawing interest from Hamm and attaching Teitelman, an up-and-coming comedy director who has called the shots for “Monday Night Football.”

Originally written on spec by Julie Golden, “Six Month Curse” is an romantic adventure-comedy that was previously set up at Disney, which put the project into turnaround before Universal picked it up. Klein will produce for Apartment 3B Prods. and U’s VP of production Kristin Lowe will now oversee development for the studio.

Costello is working at Fox under the tutelage of Nicky Weinstock, who oversees The Fox Writer’s Studio.

“Mad Men” star Hamm isn’t officially attached to “Epic Fail” but he has shown a knack for comedy with his appearances in “Bridesmaids” and on “Saturday Night Live.” He also stars alongside Larry David in Greg Mottola’s upcoming HBO movie.

Costello is repped by UTA, Management 360 and attorney Greg Slewett.

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