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Disney’s ‘Other’ side

Mouse House picks up laffer for Shankman

Disney has paid mid-six against high-six figures to pick up comedy pitch “The Other Guy” from scribes Brent Goldberg and David Wagner for Adam Shankman’s Offspring Entertainment to produce with Tapestry Films as a potential vehicle for Shankman to direct.

The broad comedy in the vein of “Meet the Parents” concerns a couple who find their relationship falling apart after 25 years of marriage.

As a result, the wife decides to move into the big city in search of adventure and a new life.

In her search for fun and excitement she meets the hottest man alive — young, handsome, rich, nice and half her age. When he hits on her and the two start dating, her husband is forced to compete with the younger man to win her back.

Pitch is based on an original idea of Offspring’s Jennifer Gibgot and Tapestry Films’ Andrew Panay, who brought it to the writers.

Offspring’s Gibgot and Shankman will produce with Tapestry’s Peter Abrams, Robert Levy and Panay.

Pic will be overseen by exec VP of production Jason Reed and VP of production Kristin Burr at the studio.

Goldberg and Wagner, repped by Broder, Webb, Chervin and Silbermann, penned “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder” for Artisan Entertainment and most recently penned “The Underclassman” for Miramax Films with Nick Cannon attached to star. That pic will shoot in October with Tapestry producing. They also wrote “The Girl Next Door” for New Regency and “My Baby’s Mama” for Miramax. Latter pic, starrring Eddie Griffin and Anthony Anderson, will see an early 2004 release.

Shankman, repped by UTA, will next helm “Enchanted” for Disney. Helmer is also attached to direct a remake of “Topper” for the studio and to direct “The Jetsons” for Warner Bros. producer Denise Di Novi and Hanna-Barbera Prods.