Universal weds ‘Bridesmaid’

Lobell-Bergman set to make comedy spec

Universal has purchased a comedy spec titled “Always a Bridesmaid” from the writing team of Dawn Calame and Chris Conroy, for Andrew Bergman’s U-based Lobell-Bergman Prods.

Pic, described as a Lucy and Ethel for the ’90s, is about the plight of a woman who finally has a chance to realize her lifetime obsession to have a grand wedding when her boyfriend proposes marriage. But when her bank account turns up empty, the woman and her best friend turn to a number of crazy plans to raise the necessary cash.

“Bridesmaid” is being produced by Cathy Schulman and Mike Lobell.

Bergman (“It Could Happen to You,” “Honeymoon in Vegas,”) is directing the Paul Rudnick-scripted “Isn’t She Great,” starring Bette Midler, Nathan Lane and David Hyde Pierce, and is not currently attached to direct “Bridesmaid.”

Schulman and development associate Kelly Campbell brought the project into U’s Mary Parent, senior veepee of production. The spec sold for a low- against mid-six figures.

Calame and Conroy have also written “The Lie,” currently in development with U-based producer Larry Gordon. The writers are repped by manager Peter Donaldson of B&B Entertainment, agent Caren Bohrman and attorney Mark Temple.