Paramount Buys Kyle Rideout & Josh Epstein’s Pitch ‘Astrid’s Death List’

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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount has snapped up Kyle Rideout and Josh Epstein’s feature pitch for Astrid’s Death List, which di Bonaventura Pictures is producing.

The storyline is being kept under wraps. Erik Howsam and Stephen Shafer brought the project into Paramount and will be overseeing for di Bonaventura Pictures.

The duo wrote the comedy Adventures in Public School, which Rideout directed, and Netflix bought out of Toronto in 2017. That pic, which starred Judy Greer, Russell Peters and Siobhan Williams, followed a socially awkward home-schooled kid who forces his way into public school against the wishes of his suffocating but loving mother.

Rideout and Epstein were recently brought on by eOne to rewrite and direct Babysitting, a remake of the French comedy.

The duo are represented by Echo Lake Entertainment, the Jennifer Hollyer Agency and Michael Schenkman at Bloom Hergott.

Di Bonaventura Pictures currently has Transformers spinoff Bumblebee in theaters, which has grossed close to $400 million worldwide, and was behind last summer’s surprise hit The Meg, which accumulated over $530M globally.

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