EXCLUSIVE: Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have acquired an untitled action-comedy set in the world of the Secret Service. Aaron Buchsbaum & Teddy Riley are writing the script. Parkes/MacDonald utilized funds from its development fund with Image Nation. The project came out of a general meeting the writers took with Parkes and MacDonald after exec Marc Resteghini brought them in. The writers pitched the project and it was bought preemptively. The Image Nation deal allows the producers to give development projects the time they need to percolate. Parkes and MacDonald will produce, and Resteghini will be exec producer.
The scribes previously sold the spec El Tigre in a bidding battle to Sony Pictures earlier this year, with Mosaic producing. They also sold a script to Sony Television with Will Gluck producing. The writers met at USC. Before they started nailing script deals, Buchsbaum was an assistant to Sean Levy and Riley was an assistant for Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber’s manager. The duo is repped by Paradigm, Mosaic and attorney Jeff Frankel.