So how do you marry a millionaire? Paramount Pictures hopes to find out, swooping in to buy a Will Davies pitch that focuses on exactly that question for Donald DeLine to produce.
Paramount declined to specify the terms of the deal Friday, but insiders say pitch was acquired for $1.25 million against $2.5 million. Par stole the project from DreamWorks, which had a million plus offer on the table as well. It’s understood that several other studios also made substantial offers earlier in the week when Davies’ pitch began making the rounds.
DeLine declined to comment, but a Paramount spokesman confirmed that a deal was in place.
The untitled high-concept romantic comedy follows the escapades of two radio call-in contest winners: A cool million is theirs, provided the duo, who have never met, agree to marry — and publicly suffer through their matrimonial foibles for a year.
DeLine’s Par-based DeLine Pictures will produce, but Davies is expected to receive some form of producer credit. No helmer is attached, and Davies will begin writing the script immediately.
Lately, Davies (whose produced credits include “Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot” and “The Real McCoy”) seems to be pitching like an all-star. Last year the scribe received a reported $3 million against $4 million from MGM for the laffer “Fool on a Hill,” originally intended as a starring vehicle for Jim Carrey, and $750,000 against $2 million for his pitch “The Poetess,” with Curtis Hanson attached to helm for Universal.
In addition, Davies wrote the recently shot “The Guilty” for J&M Entertainment. Directed by Anthony Waller, pic stars Bill Pullman and Gabrielle Anwar.
Davies is repped by UTA.