Universal has made a preemptive mid-six-figure buy of an untitled romantic comedy pitch by “Excess Bag-gage” scribe Max Adams.
The project is based on an idea by Robert Kosberg, who is attached to produce. It’s the story of a male advice col-umnist who falls in love with a female letter-writer.
The deal is the third in recent months for the red-hot Adams, who made her first spec sale only two years ago. That project, the Alicia Silverstone starrer “Excess Baggage,” is scheduled for an Aug. 15 release from Columbia.
Adams recently inked a deal to adapt Janet Evanovich’s comic crime novel “One for the Money” for producer Wendy Finerman at TriStar. Donald Petrie (“Grumpy Old Men,” Mystic Pizza”) is attached to direct the film about Stephanie Plum, an unemployed New Jersey lingerie buyer turned bounty hunter.
Another likely entry in the scribe’s busy dance card is “Sailor Moon,” a live-action version of the popular Japanese animated series. Disney is now in rights negotiations with the series’ Japanese distributor.
Distributed domestically by DIC Entertainment, “Sailor Moon” has found an audience with both young kids and college students in the U.S. Renny Harlin and Geena Davis’ Forge Prods. and DIC are attached as producers on the project.
Adams just finished penning a remake of the 1955 British comedy classic “The Lady Killers” for producer Tom Ja-cobson at Touchstone Pictures.
Adams first caught Hollywood’s eye in 1994 by winning both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Nicholl Screenwritng Fellowship for her script “My Back Yard” and the Austin Heart of Film Festival screenplay award for “Excess Baggage.”
Kosberg, who was exec producer on Universal’s “12 Monkeys,” recently helped put together scribe Bo Zenga’s pitch “Timejumpers” with Cruise-Wagner and Emilio Estevez’s Avatar Films. Kozberg will be credited as exec producer on that project, which is set up at Paramount.
Based at Bernd Eichinger’s Constantin Films, Kosberg also is attached to exec produce an English-language re-make of the Constantin’s German hit comedy “Maybe … Maybe Not.”
Adams was represented in the deals by William Morris Agency’s Ramses IsHak, Alan Gasmer and Rob Carlson. Kosberg’s attorneys Stephanie Beeman and Tom Hunter of Bloom, Hergott represented him in the deal.