EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures is finalizing a deal for The Politician, the spec script I wrote about yesterday, written by Theodore Bressman and Matthew Bass and produced by Mark Gordon and Point Grey Pictures’ Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver. The deal landed in the mid- against high-six-figure range for the scribes, who were formerly the assistants of Rogen and Goldberg.
The film is an action comedy that follows a disgraced Governor and his accomplice on the run from the FBI and U.S. Marshals. Along the way, he is kidnapped by a disgruntled constituent, who is crazier than the pol. It’s Bad Santa meets Midnight Run, and the parallel would be Elliot Spitzer was busted for prostitutes, and when he feds discovered he was a white collar criminal, he fled custody. He’s not the only pol in trouble, as there is Toronto mayor Rob Ford hanging on after admitting to drug use, and Anthony Weiner, whose mayoral campaign went flaccid after it was revealed he had gone back to sexting under the moniker Carlos Danger. It is certainly a topical premise. (more…)