Springer Berman, Pucini on board to direct
Producers are Cathy Schulman and Matt Rhodes of Mandalay and Brett Ratner of Rat Entertainment. John Cheng and Bobby Sabelhaus will exec produce.
Springer Berman and Pulcini will rewrite Chris Downey’s script, centering on an estranged couple who, after a car accident, find themselves side by side in the hospital, in comas. While “sleeping,” they each escape into their own alternate-reality where they are able to live out their every whim and fantasy, free of the banal details of real life — but when they cross over into each other’s coma-worlds, trouble ensues.
“Shari and Robert are terrific directors and I think they will bring their special brand of comedy to this,” Schulman told Variety.
Jennifer Berman will oversee the production for Mandalay and produce in some capacity.
The directing duo helmed Kristen Wiig black comedy “Girl Most Likely,” which was acquired last September at the Toronto Film Festival by Roadside Attractions and is set for a July 19 domestic opening. Wiig portrays a washed-up playwright who fakes her own suicide as a ploy to get the attention of her ex-boyfriend and winds up remanded to the custody of her dysfunctional family.
Springer Berman and Pulcini also directed “The Extra Man” and made their feature debut on “American Splendor,” for which they received an Oscar nom.
They are repped by CAA and managed by Adam Shulman at Anonymous Content. Their attorney is Paul Brennan of Bruns Brennan Berry.