Paramount Pictures has paid a high-six- against low-seven-figure sum for the comedy pitch “Former Child Star” from scribe Fred Wolf (“Black Sheep”).
Wolf will co-write the screenplay with David Spade, who is in talks to star. Wolf will make the pic his directorial debut.
Film will be produced by Happy Madison Prods., Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo’s production shingle.
Wolf and Spade’s “Child Star” centers on a former child star, now 35, washed up and highly eccentric, who decides to hire an entire foster family — complete with mother, father and siblings — to re-create the family he never had.
Scribe also is teamed with Spade on the project “Puka Pete,” which is set up at Revolution Studios.
Wolf is working with Peter Segal on the Paramount-based project “Venus Down,” which Segal will co-write, direct and produce.
Spade and Happy Madison are repped by Endeavor; Wolf is repped by UTA and Brillstein-Grey, which also manages Spade and Happy Madison.