Reitman to monkey with ‘Evolution’

Helmer to guide ensemble in D'Works comedy

Director Ivan Reitman’s next film will be “Evolution,” which he described as a return to the “grand-scale” comedy style of his “Ghostbusters” hits. Pic will be for DreamWorks, where Reitman and partner Tom Pollock have a first-look deal through their Montecito Picture Co.

Reitman said the concept of the sci-fi comedy centers on the notion of Earth’s 5 billion-year evolutionary process taking place over a month. Pic is set in contempo America. It’s an ensemble comedy with three men and a woman in the leads, though casting hasn’t started. Filmmakers are eying a fall production start.

“Evolution” was penned by Don Jakoby (“Vampires,” “Arachnophobia”) and the team of David Diamond and David Weissman (“Family Man”). Producers are Reitman, Dan Goldberg and Jeff Apple. Pollock and Joe Medjuck are exec producers.

Reitman had also been considering another project, “Wish,” described as a comedy with music, as his next picture. He said that film is still in development. “We have some story things to solve and music to write,” he said.

Laurie MacDonald, co-head of DreamWorks Pictures, said, “In movies like ‘Ghostbusters’ and its hit sequel, Ivan has enjoyed tremendous success blending the elements of humor, action and special effects, so ‘Evolution’ is perfect for his sensibilities.”

Reitman said that because of the special effects requirements, “it’s the kind of story that couldn’t have been told easily 15 years ago or even 10 years ago.”

In addition to the “Ghostbusters” pics, Reitman has helmed such comedy hits as “Stripes,” “Meatballs,” “Dave” and “Twins.” His most recent pic was “Six Days Seven Nights.” He’s also produced many pics, among them “National Lampoon’s Animal House” and “Space Jam.”

Reitman is repped by CAA.

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