Kopelsons prep for ‘Weekend’

Duo make preemptive acquisition of script

Kopelson Entertainment made a preemptive acquisition of “Parents Weekend,” a spec by Barry Schwartz. Deal was mid-six figures.

Script is a youth-targeted comedy about a college freshman, secretly attending art school, who must convince his parents he’s still enrolled in the college of their dreams.

Arnold and Anne Kopelson will produce, and bought the script right after reading it, using Kopelson Entertainment’s development fund with Equus Media.

“All of us at the company were laughing out loud reading it, while at the same time drawn into a story with a lot of heart that both college kids and their parents can appreciate,” said Arnold Kopelson.

Deal is Schwartz’s first solo sale. He recently co-wrote “Bromance” with Raza Syed for DreamWorks and Montecito. Syed will be an associate producer on “Parents Weekend.” Ryan Engle will exec produce.

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