The Walt Disney Co. has greenlit “Doubletake” for George Gallo to helm and David Permut to produce.
Pic is the first reteaming of the pair since Gallo directed and Permut produced “29th Street.”
Lensing will begin in April in New York and Los Angeles.
Barry Bernardi (“Deuce Bigalow”) will produce along with Permut (“Face/Off”). Brett Ratner (“Rush Hour”) will exec produce. Steve Longi and Frank Pesce will serve as co-producers.
Disney co-presidents Nina Jacobson and Todd Garner, along with senior veep Mark Vahradian, will shepherd the project for the Mouse House.
Film will be a co-production between Permut Presentation and Ratner’s Rat Entertainment.
“Doubletake” is a two character African-American action comedy about one guy on the lam who takes another guy’s passport only to find himself stuck with the identity of someone more wanted than himself.
“It’s the closest thing I have done to ‘Midnight Run’ since I wrote that movie,” Gallo said.
“They moved on the script immediately, as soon as they saw it,” Permut added. “George went through a number of passes on the script and really nailed it, and Disney moved again like lightning.”
Project was originally slated to be made at Fox.
Gallo has penned such pics as “Bad Boys” (story), “Midnight Run” and “Wise Guys.”
Permut has produced such films as “Trapped in Paradise,” “The Temp,” “Consenting Adults” and “Dragnet.”
Gallo is repped by Todd Feldman at ICM and Kevin Marx at Gang, Tyre, Ramer and Brown.