Dan Gregor & Doug Mand sell TV show and movie
Deadline October 1, 2012
Fox Buys 2 Comedy Projects About Couples
by Nellie Andreeva
The lives of two young couples are the subjects of two comedy projects set up at Fox. One is an untitled half-hour from writers Michael Colton, John Aboud and Sony Pictures Television, the other, Adultish, hails from writers Dan Gregor and Doug Mand (How I Met Your Mother), Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV.
The Colton/Aboud project centers on a couple that has their peaceful Brooklyn existence turned upside down when the wife’s Uruguayan parents move in to help take care of their kids. The project is inspired by Colton’s relationship with his Uruguayan in-laws, and the language and cultural barriers that keep them at odds. He previously wrote a comedic piece in the New York Times Magazine about how the language barrier between him and his father-in-law ruined his marriage proposal to his wife. Colton and Aboud will write the script and will executive produce with Peter Principato and Paul Young of Principato Young Entertainment. On the feature side, Colton and Aboud, repped by CAA and attorney Jared Levine, are currently writing The Penguins Of Madagascar for DreamWorks.
In the style of a Civil War documentary, Gregor and Mand’s Adultish dissects a 30-something-couple’s daily battles between the young, immature people they’ve been versus the adult, mature people they’re supposed to become. Gregor and Mand executive produce with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo. Gregor and Mand, repped by CAA and Kaplan/Perrone, were recently hired to write a feature for Paramount Pictures about a group of high school outcasts who stage an Ocean’s Eleven-style heist. The Upright Citizens Brigade duo also wrote the feature Die Hard In A Building, which is being produced by Mosaic. Imagine is with CAA.