New Line Cinema is in talks to purchase an untitled pitch by comedy writers Pat Proft and David Zucker.
Proft and Zucker will receive mid- to high-six figures for the writing part of the pact. Zucker is also attached to direct, with Proft, Zucker and Gil Netter producing.
The pitch is said to be a straight cop comedy, not a spoof — the form of comedy for which Proft and Zucker, who co-wrote (with others) the “Naked Gun” series, are best known.
New Line’s prexy of production, Michael De Luca, along with senior veep of production Jay Stern, brought the project to the company.
Stern, who was pivotal in developing “Rush Hour” at New Line, said: “Mike and I grew up watching some of the Zucker brothers’ great comedies. We have a lot of respect for them and are thrilled to be in business with them.”
New Line hopes to develop the new Proft/Zucker project with an eye toward establishing a franchise, as they have or are doing with such properties as “Rush Hour,” “Blade,” “Austin Powers,” Dumb and Dumber” and “Mask.”
David Zucker’s directing and co-directing credits include “Airplane!” “Top Secret,” “Ruthless People,” “Naked Gun: The Files of the Police Squad” and “Naked Gun 2 1/2.”
Proft’s writing/co-writing credits include the “Naked Gun” series, “Mr. Magoo,” “Hot Shots” and “Wrongfully Accused.” He has also served as a producer on many of the Zucker brothers’ projects.
Netter’s credits include executive producing “My Best Friend’s Wedding.”
New Line has in production director P.J. Hogan’s (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”) “Unconditional Love,” on which David’s brother, Jerry Zucker, is a producer.
Proft’s end of the pact is being handled by ICM, while CAA is negotiating on behalf of Zucker. David Alper, senior VP, business affairs, is negotiating for New Line.