With several studios circling, producer Chris Montan nabbed a six-figure payday from Warner Bros. for scribe Jordan Moffet’s romantic comedy “The Official Scorer.” The pic is being developed for Sandra Bullock, according to sources.
The low-six-figure against mid-six-figure pitch pact marks the veteran TV series scribe’s first film sale and signals a move to penning features.
Warner Bros.’ Tom Lassally made a preemptive offer after Disney, where Montan has a first-look deal, passed. A quartet of other studios also were interested in the idea.
Moffet, a former staff writer on “Barney Miller” who boasts hours of series-TV scribbling in his portfolio, will advance the tale about a female sportswriter and a major-league baseball player whose career is impacted by a scorekeeper’s error.
The scribe also is in the process of setting up “Clean,” a moving tale involving a 1930s socialite mistakenly sent to a leprosarium in New Orleans.
The story’s uniqueness has attracted the attention of industry execs, as well as scribe John Ridley (“U-Turn”) who is attached to direct.
Moffet’s deal was orchestrated by William Morris percenter Ramses Ishak, who reps Moffet on film pacts, Montan and Montan Prods. senior veep Melissa Bachrach.
Montan Prods., which co-produced with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron “Cinderella,” the recent Whitney Houston starring telefilm, is the 2-year-old production outfit of Walt Disney Studios’ animated pic music czar Montan. The firm has several projects in the hopper.