EXCLUSIVE: Universal is setting Alan Cohen and Alan Freedland, the Emmy-winning King Of The Hill scribes who made their feature splash with the Todd Phillips-directed Due Date, to script Rocky Mountain High. That’s the project the studio won in a heated bidding battle that ended with a progress-to-production deal for a five-page pitch from Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz that Cube will star in. He will produce with Kwatinetz and Beau Flynn. They have been keeping the plot under wraps, but I’m persuaded that the title has something to do with the ingestion of substances that recently have been decriminalized in Colorado.
The scribes are repped by WME and Cube by UTA and attorney Matt Johnson. Jon Mone and Sara Scott will oversee for Universal. This is a priority project for the studio, which is aiming for a mid-2015 start date, for which Cube has cleared a slot in his schedule. Universal, helped by Donna Langley rescuing Cube’s Ride Along and Straight Outta Compton from turnaround, won the deal over four other studios.