Scribes David Garrett and Jason Ward (“Corky Romano”) are on a roll: They have signed on to pen three films, one for Universal-based producer Bob Simonds, and two for DreamWorks-based producers Tom Pollack and Ivan Reitman.
Two of the projects are based on pitches, and the combined value of the deals exceeds $1 million.
The Simonds pitch, “Monty,” is a dark, broad comedy centering on a guy who falls in love with a “perfect” girl until their overly possessive dog sabotages the relationship.
The pitch for Pollack and Reitman’s Montecito Picture Co., “First Job,” focuses on a group of twentysomethings in their first job. When their odd and mysterious boss goes crazy, the young employees stage a mutiny of sorts.
Second pic for Montecito is a blind script commitment that includes giving the scribes the chance to direct.
“Our formula is to book ourselves into the worst hotel we can find,” said Garrett, “and stay there until we finish something.”
‘Corky’ up and out
Garrett and Ward’s “Corky Romano,” originally titled “Corky Bonono,” stemmed from an original pitch and character that the scribes created and offered Disney. When the studio bit, the writers turned the pitch into a script within 10 days. The studio attached Chris Kattan and greenlit the movie within days of receiving the script.
“Corky” began lensing in Los Angeles in early August with Vinessa Shaw, Chris Penn, Peter Berg, Dave Sheridan, Matthew Glave and Richard Roundtree; Rob Pitts is helming.
Scribes previously wrote the short “Sunday’s Game,” the first pic shown on Webcaster iFilm. That project led to a two-pilot development deal at Fox, where their comedy “Parts Unknown” is moving forward.
From 1994 to 1996, the scribes were co-editors of the National Lampoon.
Garrett and Ward are repped by the William Morris Agency, manager Brian Inerfeld at Pure Arts and attorney Jeff Frankel at Colden, McKuin and Frankel.