Columbia Pictures has acquired the rights to two projects to be produced by Sid Ganis’ Out of the Blue shingle.
The first is an untitled comedy pitch set in the world of college basketball from the writing duo David T. Wagner and Brent Goldberg (“National Lampoon’s Van Wilder”).
The second, temporarily called “The Juice Project,” is a comedy spec by novelist and screenwriter Michael Golding, based on an original idea by Siskin.
Out of the Blue senior development exec Mandy Safavi brought the untitled hoops project to Ganis and company principal Alex Siskin. Colpix creative exec Jonathan Kadin will oversee the pic for Sony.
Although the story is under wraps, Ganis said, it’s about “second chances and the opportunity for one guy to live the life he always wanted.”
Goldberg and Wagner most recently sold another comedy pitch, “The Other Guy,” to Disney with Adam Shankman attached to direct. The team also penned the forthcoming “The Underclassman” for Miramax Films with Nick Cannon attached to star; “The Girl Next Door” for New Regency; and next year’s “My Baby’s Mama” for Miramax.
“Juice,” Ganis said, is “a funny premise about a guy who has a mother — who can easily be called domineering — who is so attached to her son, but has to give him up to his wife and their new baby.” The mother then informs her son that his father, whom he thought was dead, is alive, and running a chain of juice bars in Encino.
Out of the Blue has been working with Golding “for years now” on producing the film version of his novel “Simple Prayers” to be directed by Francois Girard (“The Red Violin”).
“We’ll be working on it until we get it done, but along the way Alex talked to Michael about an idea he had” — which became “Juice.”
At Sony “Juice” will be overseen by Col exec VP Amy Baer and director of development Shannon Gaulding.
Last year Out of the Blue produced “Mr. Deeds” for Col and Revolution Studio’s “The Master of Disguise.” Current development projects include a big-screen adaptation of the TV classic “I Dream of Jeannie” with a script by Cormac and Marianne Wibberley (“Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”), and the romantic comedy “The Governess,” which Ganis is hoping Jennifer Lopez will star in.
“She hasn’t committed yet, but she’s interested,” he said.