Jon Hamm Circling Kidnapping Comedy 'Epic Fail' from ESPN Veteran
Back in October, we learned that "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm was going to work with Fright Night director Craig Gillespie for a film called Million Dollar Arm, the story of sports agent J.B. Bernstein who staged a reality show in India for cricket players to get a chance at a professional baseball career. So Hamm has a sports film in the works, but he's also circling a straight-up comedy from a sports director. Variety has word that Hamm is circling a project called Epic Fail from up and coming writer Kevin Costello which would have"Monday Night Football" director Mark Teitelman attached to direct. So what's the story? Read on!
The film follows a down-on-his-luck high school teacher who recruits two students to stage his wife's kidnapping so he can play the hero and rekindle their marriage. So it's like Fargo but with more of a romantic comedy twist. Costello used to work for producers Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air) and Jennifer Klein (who is producing Turner's By Virtue Fall), and now he's making a name as a screenwriter. Turner and Klein are also producing Six Month Curse, a spec script from Julie Golden which Costello will now rewrite for Disney. It's an adventure comedy that's been gestating for a little while now. Not a bad way to start your writing career, especially after working with some solid producers. Stay tuned.