John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein Comedy Lands At Fox With Penalty

Hot feature writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) are venturing into television with a single-camera comedy project for Fox, which has received a script commitment plus penalty. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment. Written by the Daley and Goldstein, the single-camera comedy, described as a mix of adrenaline and heart, follows a group of adult underdogs as they try to ignite a spark in their lives and stand up for themselves when their town is overrun by a teenage street gang.

The project stems from a blind script deal Daley and Goldstein had with 20th TV and then-studio-based Chernin Entertainment, which had been rolled because of Daley and Goldstein’s growing feature commitments. The duo, who recently landed another high-profile film writing assignment, the new Spider-Man reboot for Sony and Marvel, was able to carve out time for TV and took the ensemble comedy project out. I hear Fox, which heard it first, bought it in the room.

Goldstein and Daley executive produce with Peter Chernin, his new TV executive Dante Di Loreto and Jenno Topping. (After a five-year stint at 20th TV, Chernin Entertainment is now based at Universal Television.)

Goldstein and Daley’s first produced script as a writing team was an episode of a Fox/20th TV show, dramedy Bones, on which Daley co-starred as an actor. They went on to write Horrible Bosses and this summer’s Vacation, which they also directed. Goldstein and Daley are repped by UTA.

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