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WB developing Ed Helms project

'True North' would cast the 'Hangover' star as a selfish talk-show host

Warner Bros. is looking to “True North,” developing a comedy-drama for Ed Helms with Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer producing.

Studio bought the pitch from Rob Pearlstein, centering on a selfish talk-show host whose plane crashes, putting him into a two-year coma. When he awakens, he finds that his appearance has been surgically altered and then tries to track down his family to reconnect with his former life.

Helms starred in both “Hangover” pics for Warners and in Searchlight’s “Cedar Rapids.” He also set up an untitled comedy in 2009 at Warners in which he would portray a Civil War re-enactor accidentally transported back in time.

Pearlstein has written episodes for “Medium” and “The Inside.” He also directed “Our Time is Up,” which was nominated for the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film.

Pearlstein is making his feature directing debut with his ensemble comedy “Someone Marry Barry.” He recently wrote and directed a series of shorts for Comedy Central starring Anthony Anderson.

Helms is repped by CAA and Principato-Young. Pearlstein is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment.

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