‘Bedlam’ reigns at U

Jacobson to produce super auditory comedy

NEW YORK — Universal Pictures has optioned the Irwin Shaw short story “Whispers in Bedlam” and hired scribe Stephen Falk to pen a screenplay based on the material.

Tom Jacobson will produce the film with Jim Wedaa exec producing. Allison Sherma, executive veep of U, will oversee the project.

“Whispers” centers on a football player whose career is on its last legs until he undergoes experimental surgery. The surgery accidentally endows the player with super hearing, not only making him a superstar on the gridiron but transforming his life off the field as well.

“This has the potential to be one of those fantastic comedies,” said Jacobson, “that has a story hook that’s driven by a humanistic character journey. It has that classic moral: ‘Be careful what you wish for.'”

Falk recently sold his spec script “The Prom” to Artisan Pictures, where management and production shingle Original will produce.

The Jacobson Co. also has in development at Universal an army comedy titled “Gringo” and is remaking “The Lady Killers” at Disney.

Shaw is best known for such books as “Rich Man, Poor Man” and “The Young Lions.”

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