Columbia buddies up to writer duo

Studio buys pitch from Lucas, Moore

Columbia has bought an untitled buddy-comedy pitch from scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s for $700,000 against $1.5 million.

Neal Moritz is producing through his Sony-based Original Film shingle.

“They came in for a general meeting, and I said I’ll buy it,” said Moritz.

Moritz said he tried to buy the duo’s spec “The Hangover,” which Warner Bros. bought for $2 million just before the WGA strike.

Lucas and Moore, who will serve as exec producers on the project, also wrote the Matthew McConaughey-Jennifer Garner starrer “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” currently shooting in Boston.

Last week, Moritz reupped his first-look deal with the studio through 2012. His recent films for the studio include “Prom Night” and “Vantage Point.”

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