What Happens in Vegas helmer Tom Vaughan will direct Boomsday, an adaptation of the Chris Buckley novel. Ron Bass and Jen Smolka wrote the script. GreeneStreet Films is fully financing and producing with Das Films. Production begins mid-2011. Buckley, who wrote the satiric Thank You For Smoking, this time focuses on a DC publicist who uses her blog to vent her frustrations, and who makes a humorous suggestion that senior citizens voluntarily commit suicide to solve the Social Security crisis. A handsome politician champions her “cause,” and the young publicist finds herself over her head, romantically and politically. Sriram Das is producing with GreeneStreet’s John Penotti, and Glen Basner’s FilmNation is selling foreign rights through its partnership with GreeneStreet. It’s the second go project for Das Films and GreeneStreet, which is teamed with Sidney Kimmel on an apaptation of the Craig Clevenger novel The Contortionist’s Handbook, which will star Channing Tatum.
“Tom’s vision for this project is a compelling and entertaining take on Christopher Buckley’s hilarious tome about the absurdities of DC’s lobbying industry,” Das said. Vaughan will start casting right away.