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Paramount, Montecito Developing ‘Dunderheads’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Spindel on board to direct middle-school comedy

Paramount Pictures and The Montecito Picture Co. have come on board middle-school comedy “The Dunderheads” with Tyler Spindel attached to direct.

Ali Bell, Joe Medjuck and Ivan Reitman are producing for Montecito with Tom Pollock exec producing.

Project is based on the book by Paul Fleischman and David Roberts, centered on a mean teacher who gives herself gold stars when she makes kids cry. When she confiscates a student’s crucial junkyard find,  the students team up to  teach the teacher a lesson.

The story will be told partly from the protagonists’ point of view, along the lines of Warner Bros.’ “Project X” set in a middle school. Lona Williams had adapted the screenplay.

Spindel was on the second unit on “That’s My Boy,” “Grown Ups 2” and “Jack and Jill.” His “Love and Germaphobia” won best short film at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and the Hollyshorts fest.

Alex Plapinger is overseeing for Montecito and Greg Mooradian is the executive at Paramount.

Montecito is currently in production on Kevin Costner sports dramedy “Draft Day” with Reitman directing.

Spindel is repped by APA and New Wave Entertainment. Williams is repped by CAA and Brillstein.

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