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Col inks Solomon, Lynn

Duo will develop comedies, indie fare

“Men in Black” scripter Ed Solomon and 24-year-old “Pleasantville” co-producer Edward Lynn have signed a three-year, first-look deal with Columbia Pictures, the studio confirmed Tuesday.

Solomon and Lynn will partner to seek out material for Solomon to write and direct as well as produce under his Infinite Monkeys production banner. They will have offices in Santa Monica.

Solomon told Daily Variety that he and Lynn will develop comedies as well as low-budget indie fare with new writers and directors.

“I usually tend to be idea-driven,” he said. “You get the idea first and then find the best outlet for it.”

Infinite Monkeys will also avoid hiring a development staff of any kind. “We’re not interested in getting bombarded with scripts,” he said. “We want to be hands-on on everything.”

Solomon said he chose to work as a full partner with the youthful Lynn because “he is brilliant, he’s amazing, he just gets it.”

Chris Lee, prexy of production, lauded Solomon and Lynn as “top-notch rising talents” in the Sony family.

Col prexy Amy Pascal added: “Ed has a unique and original voice and is a first-rate screenwriter. He will make an excellent producer and director.”

Solomon is currently writing “Charlie’s Angels” with Ryan Rowe for Columbia. Pic is a feature adaptation of the popular 1970s TV skein.

He also recently penned “X-Men,” which is in pre-production at 20th Century Fox under Bryan Singer’s direction.

Solomon’s other credits include “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” its sequel, “Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey,” and “Leaving Normal.”

Before becoming a screenwriter, Solomon was a standup comic and worked as staff writer on “The Garry Shandling Show.”

Lynn, son of British director Jonathan Lynn, has quickly made a career as a producer, working on his father’s “Trial and Error” at New Line and “Pleasantville.” His first job in the industry came at age 11 as a production assistant on his father’s “Clue.”

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