Writer/director Andrew Gurland has sold his pitch “Black and Blue” to Paramount-based Scott Rudin Prods in a deal worth $500,000. Gurland is also aboard to direct.
The comedy about a black basketball coach who takes over a Yeshiva high school basketball team and attempts to turn the wiseacres into winners on the court.
Like “Cheaters,” the pic Gurland wrote and directed for New Line Cinema and which is due out in September, the “Black and Blue” story is based on Gurland’s real-life experiences as a student. Pitch was brought in by Scott Rudin Prods. VP Scott Aversano and will be produced by Rudin.
The Endeavor and Benderspink-repped Gurland first rose to prominence after winning the Sundance documentary grand jury prize for his controversial “Frat House,” an investigation of fraternity hazing.
Management concern Benderspink, which produced Gurland’s “Cheaters,” will exec produce “Black and Blue.”