Pamela Falk and Mike Ellis, writers of the 2001 feature The Wedding Planner, have reunited with the film’s director, Adam Shankman, for Marsha Goes To Jail, a half-hour comedy project that has sold to Fox. Additionally, the duo have sold American Marriage, an ensemble drama soap to ABC, produced by Ellen Pompeo.
Described as a comedic Dangerous Minds, Marsha Goes To Jail is inspired by the life of Ellis’ mother, also named Marsha, as a substitute teacher assigned to a juvenile detention classroom. Fittingly, the Warner Bros TV-produced project was sold on Marsha’s birthday. Falk and Ellis will write and will executive produce along with Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot through their Offspring Entertainment.
Described as “Rachel Getting Married meets My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” American Marriage explores the melding of two very different families as an unlikely couple, young and in love, move toward their big day and are forced to maneuver through their very different multi-cultural, multi-generational, dysfunctional and complex families. In addition to writing, Falk and Ellis are executive produce along with Pompeo and Laura Holstein through their Calamity Jane. ABC Studios, where Calamity Jane has a deal, is the studio.
This marks Calamity Jane’s third sale in the company’s first year under its deal at ABC Studios, joining a female-led crime drama written by Andy Stern at ABC, and Debt, an adaptation of Rachel Carey’s 2013 book with Karen Stillman writing, at ABC Family.
In features, Falk and Ellis, repped by WME, Anonymous Content, and Stuart Rosenthal, are rewriting Super Sunday for Mike Karz and have buddy comedy Bad In Bed in development at Skydance as well as a Salsa Project at Warners with Sandra Bullock attached to star.