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MGM acquires an action comedy pitch from writers Ken Kaufman, David Agosto

MUMBAI: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures has acquired Ken Kaufman and David Agosto’s pitch with Peter Segal attached to produce and direct.

Segal is the director of the comedy Get Smart starring Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson and Alan Arkin. The project reunites Segal with two of the producers of Get Smart, Andrew Lazar and Michael Ewing. Ewing is Segal’s longtime producing partner.


Based on an original idea by Lazar, the untitled project will be an action comedy featuring an ensemble cast. On the pitch idea, Callahan Filmworks will team with Andrew Lazar’s Mad Chance Productions. MGM executive VP, production resident and MGM VP, theatrical production Luke Ryan will oversee the project for the studio.


Boyter says, “This project is a character-driven action-comedy that‘s wrapped inside a big concept, and it harkens back to movies such as Lethal Weapon and 48 hours. We feel fortunate to have Pete Segal driving the train as his body of work indicates that he‘ll deliver the right blend of action, comedy and drama.”

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