In what could be described as a sort of “Mr. Diggler Goes to Washington,” Sony Pictures Entertainment has paid $1 million for “Ottoman Empire,” a political satire from scribe-helmer Andrew Bergman.
The pic will be produced by the New Line-based producer John Lyons (“Boogie Nights,” “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”), with Neil A. Machlis serving as line producer.
Bergman, whose writing-helming credits include “It Could Happen to You,” “Honeymoon in Vegas” and “Striptease,” is attached to helm.
The satire was brought to Columbia Pictures production prexy Amy Pascal by senior veepee Matt Tolmach, who has championed the project.
The pic follows John “Johnny Long” Dombrowski, a former adult film star turned clean-livin’ family guy and furniture salesman. Thinking he has broken with his secret past, he discovers he’s being blackmailed into servicing the First Lady.
With the president’s popularity at an all-time low because of public perception that the first marriage is a joke, the prez schemes to reveal her tryst and rid himself of his wife.
A Sony spokeswoman could not confirm the purchase, but insiders familiar with the deal said the project is being placed on a fast track.
Bergman is repped by Risa Gertner and Robert Bookman at CAA.