Paramount Pictures has decided to take a turn at “Rewind,” with Walter Latham and David Permut co-producing the romantic comedy.
Studio is setting up the project with Par-based Latham Entertainment and Permut Presentations. Permut originally developed the project four years ago at Sony.
The original script, penned by Tim Kirk and David Carpenter, centered on a groom reassessing his life on the verge of taking his wedding vows after a car accident enables him to relive relationships when he hears a song.
Latham and Permut are looking for a writer to re-conceive the project to target urban sensibilities with an African American lead and musical references to R&B and rap. Permut VP of production Steve Longi is overseeing development and will co-produce.
Latham, who has a first-look deal at Par, co-produced “Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat,” producing “The Original Kings of Comedy” and exec producing “The Queens of Comedy.” He is developing golfing comedy “The Club” and his “Latham Entertainment Presents,” which features comedians Earthquake, Bruce Bruce, Rickey Smiley, Sommore and J. Anthony Brown, is due out on homevid Oct. 7.
Permut was a producer for Par’s “Face/Off” in 1997. He’s developing Constantin Film’s comedy “Blind Sided” as a vehicle for Rob Schneider; “White Youth in Revolt” at Artisan; “Brother Sam,” the story of Sam Kinison with Tom Shadyac attached to direct at Universal; “Kings for a Day” at DreamWorks; “Prisonaz of War” at Columbia and recently acquired the rights to “Yes I Can,” the life story of Sammy Davis Jr.