‘Camp’ lamp alight

Revolution takes a shine to Coolidge laffer

A correction was made to this article on July 12, 2004.

Revolution Studios has decided to go back to camp, acquiring scribe Greg Coolidge’s comedy pitch “Camp Sachem” for Guy Walks Into a Bar and H2F Entertainment to produce.

Story centers on a successful 35-year-old corporate raider who falters unexpectedly at a major meeting and discovers he’s still haunted by the ridicule he suffered from having left camp two weeks early when he was 12. To resolve the dilemma, he returns to the same bunk for two weeks and finds himself having to lead the camp’s losers.

Coolidge, whose credits include Disney’s “Sorority Boys” and New Line’s “Ride Along,” had extensive summer camp experience while growing up in Oklahoma. “It was always the same pattern — you hated the first four days and then you hated to leave,” he said.

Coolidge, who’s expected to script, came up with the idea when his agent, Emile Gladstone of Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann, began lamenting the fact that he’d been unable to attend the last year of his boyhood camp.

Producers tapped for the project are Jon Berg and Todd Komarnicki of Guy Walks Into a Bar (“Elf”) and H2F’s Walter Hamada, who’s behind New Line’s upcoming thriller “Cellular.”

Guy’s Ross Siegel brought the project to Revolution; it had previously been set up at New Line.

Revolution East will produce the laffer, with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Deb Schindler overseeing the project from New York. The duo produced Revolution’s romantic comedy “Maid in Manhattan,” drama “Mona Lisa Smile” and the upcoming comedy “Little Black Book.”

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