In a very competitive situation with all four networks buying the project in the room, CBS has landed a single-camera comedy from Horrible Bosses writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein with a big put pilot commitment. The project, titled Punching Out, from 20th TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment, is in the vein of R-rated 2011 comedy Horrible Bosses, about friends who conspire to murder their awful bosses — the movie grossed $210 million worldwide. Punching Out revolves around thirtysomething guys who hate their jobs and make a pact to go back to when they were happiest — working at the mall. Daley and Goldstein are writing and will executive produce with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope.
Daley and Goldstein, repped by UTA and by Hansen Jacobson, are writing the planned Horrible Bosses sequel and also penned the upcoming Sony animated feature Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2. The two also just sold comic pitch The Bus Driver to New Line, the studio behind Horrible Bosses and the Daley and Goldstein-penned Burt Wonderstone, for 7-figures. The duo are planning to debut as feature directors on their comedy Vacation. Daley comes from acting background. He co-stars on Fox’s long-running dramedy Bones and got his break on Freaks And Geeks.