Writers Jeremy Miller and Dan Cohn have set up two comedy projects: one at Fox based on a non-fiction book, and one Showtime, which has Ryan Phillippe and Breckin Meyer attached as executive producers. Additionally, the duo has inked two blind deals: one at Warner Bros. in conjunction with McG’s studio-based Wonderland Sound and Vision, and one at 20th TV’s cable division Fox21.
The Fox project, from DreamWorks TV and 20th Century Fox TV, is based on Walker Lamond’s book Rules for my Unborn Son, a collection of fatherly advise for boys that includes such rules as “A man’s luggage does not have wheels,” “When in doubt wear a tie,” “If you are tempted to wear a cowboy hat, resist” and “There is no better remedy (for hangover) than a dip in the ocean.” The Fox comedy centers on Miles, a 25 year-old underachiever adopted and raised by a family of eccentric intellectuals. When Miles meets his birth father, whom he finds to be “the world’s most interesting man,” his life is turned upside down, and, putting his own spin on the advice from his two very different fathers, Miles begins to write a rule book of life for his future son.
The Showtime comedy, Heavy and Rolling, is about a towncar driver in Manhattan who assumes different Ripley-esque identities as he teeters on the brink of madness. Miller and Cohn just wrote the script for the project, which they are exec producing alongside Phillippe and Meyer and comedy writer-producer David Schiff (That ’70s Show). Miller and Cohn, repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment, created the ABC dramedy That Was Then and have also worked on Entourage, Ally McBeal and Boston Public. On the feature side, they most recently rewrote Relativity for producer Brad Epstein and Walden Media.