‘Bastards’ adopted by Columbia

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Columbia has given legitimacy to “Nine Bastards,” paying $750,000 against low-seven figures for a comedy pitch that will be written by Fred Wolf and produced by Happy Madison partners Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo.

Wolf is the former head writer of “Saturday Night Live” who graduated to movies with castmembers Sandler, Chris Farley and David Spade. His screen credits include “Tommy Boy,” “Black Sheep,” “Joe Dirt” and the upcoming Spade comedy “Dickie Roberts, Former Child Star,” which Paramount will release in the fall. Happy Madison produced both “Dickie Roberts” and “Joe Dirt.”

The lead in “Nine Bastards” is an orphan whose singular devotion to hard work makes him a multi-millionaire. He’s annoyed to hear that a sister he never knew he had has died, and he’s become the legal guardian of her nine kids. The millionaire must give them the “My Fair Lady” treatment to instill some manners, at the least. The little bastards grow on him, even as his work suffers. Col’s Doug Belgrad will supervise the pic.

The Brillstein-Grey-repped Wolf is also reteaming with “Tommy Boy” director Pete Segal to write “Venus Down,” a Paramount comedy that Segal will direct about what happens when the goddess of love comes to earth, loses her power and must create sparks with a guy who finds her self-absorbed and annoying.

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