Scribes set to pen ‘Big in China’

'Draft Day' scribes Rothman, Joseph writing draft for Montecito

Hot off being named to Variety’s upcoming list of 10 Screenwriters to Watch, “Draft Day” scribes Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph have been tapped to rewrite “Big in China” for the Montecito Picture Company.

Montecito principals Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock are developing the project with an eye for Reitman to direct.

Pic is based on “Big In China: My Unlikely Adventure Raising a Family, Playing the Blues and Reinventing Myself in Beijing,” a memoir by journalist Alan Paul that was published last year by HarperCollins.

Tome, which expands on Paul’s award-winning Wall Street Journal online column “The Expat Life,” followed the author’s journey from suburban New Jersey to Beijing after his wife took a job in China. As a stay-at-home dad, Paul spent hours exploring the city while his three young children were in school. This led to the formation of Woodie Alan, a blues quintet featuring three Chinese musicians and another American citizen that became a national touring sensation.

Montecito’s Ali Bell (“Hitchcock”) will exec produce “Big in China.”

Rothman and Joseph wrote “Draft Day,” which Reitman will direct and produce with Pollack through Montecito Picture Co. Joseph has also penned episodes of Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie,” while Rothman has comedies “Frat Boy” and “First Timers” in development at Warner Bros. and New Line, respectively.

Rothman is repped by CAA and Joseph is repped by Gersh, while both scribes are managed by Kaplan/Perrone.

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