Fox rings in ‘Year’ pitch for Columbus

Twentieth Century Fox has acquired a romantic comedy pitch tentatively titled “New Year’s Eve” by Andrea Davis and Jeff Rothberg for Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures.

Davis, a former development exec turned screenwriter, will pen the screenplay; Rothberg will produce along with Robert Kosberg and 1492’s Michael Barnathan. It is not clear whether Columbus will produce or direct the project.

Plot of the romantic comedy which takes place in the days leading up to New Year’s Eve, is being kept “top secret” by Fox execs.

Jennifer Blum, 1492 VP, is credited with bringing in the pitch, which will be overseen for the studio by Fox exec VP, Elizabeth Gabler. Blum also was credited with finding Julie Talen’s comedy spec “Boys R Us,” which 1492 also will produce for Fox (Daily Variety, June 30).

Davis’ other projects include “A Boy Named Su,” which she penned during her enrollment at the writer’s fellowship program at Disney. She currently is pulling together financing to produce the indie pic.

Davis also is writing another romantic comedy called “Hormonal Disturbances” for Periscope Pictures.

Rothberg most recently earned screenwriter and co-producer credits for Universal’s “A Simple Wish.” He also produced the film “Bogus,” wrote the screenplay for “The Amazing Panda Adventure” and wrote and produced “Hiding Out.”

Kosberg — who has a first-look deal at Constantin Films — garnered exec producing credit for “Twelve Monkeys.” He currently is developing more than a dozen projects around town, including a remake of the German film “Maybe … Maybe Not.”

Davis was repped on her deal by Rima Greer of the Above the Line Agency.

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