Strange Weather plans ‘Year Abroad’

Banner developing Chris McCoy's travel comedy-drama

Strange Weather Films is developing Chris McCoy’s travel comedy-drama “Year Abroad,” with the banner’s Andrew Adamson and Aron Warner producing.

“Year Abroad” was developed out of Strange Weather’s discretionary fund from Reel FX. Strange Weather’s Jeff Fierson is exec producing the pic, based on an idea he hatched with McCoy about a man in his mid-30s who responds to being dumped by taking the trip to Europe he should have taken when he was 18. Once in Europe, a Brit who spends his life traveling to strange places takes the protagonist under his wing.

McCoy researched the story by spending in Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and the Czech Republic. “I was really out of place and way too old to be staying in youth hostels,” he told Variety.

McCoy has written a trio of screenplays — “Get Back,” “Good Looking” and “Good Kids” — that were on the annual Black List. In the past year, he sold a romantic comedy pitch to Disney, with Mandeville producing, and rewrote “Guardians of the Galaxy” for Marvel.

Adamson and Warner — part of the team behind the “Shrek” franchise — launched Strange Weather in 2010. Adamson directed the first two “Shrek” films and the first two “Chronicles of Narnia” titles.

McCoy is repped by WME, Gotham Group and by Robbie Koch and Marcy Morris at Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris and Klein.

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