Screenwriter Geoff LaTulippe Set to Direct a Comedy for Paramount
Some congrats is in order for one of our favorite up-and-coming screenwriters, and crazy twitterers, Geoff LaTulippe, who broke out in Hollywood with his script for the romantic comedy Going the Distance. He's been doing a lot of various writing work since, but now Deadline reports that he's landed an opportunity to direct a film for Paramount, an "untitled comedy" that they say he'll also write based on his own ensemble pitch. LaTulippe, who's moving up the ladder quickly in the industry, landed the gig after Paramount's president Adam Goodman saw a comedic short he made for agency WME, which LaTulippe directed for fun.
The story goes that LaTulippe made a short for WME featuring J.B. Smoove taking over the agency on Yom Kippur (watch that here). Paramount's Adam Goodman saw it, brought him in for a meeting, got a pitch and as the story goes in Hollywood, that's all it took as now he's set to direct. Dawn Olmstead and Marti Noxon will be producing the project. The Hollywood Reporter has more on the full story from LaTulippe himself: "Goodman saw it and called my reps asking if I had any ideas that I might want to direct. After I picked myself up off the floor, there WAS one idea that I had in mind that I really wanted to pitch them… It's sort of a dream for a writer, getting to direct. You always want to collaborate but you want that one shot to sort of have the last say on a lot of things." In that case, let's hope this turns out as great as he's making it sound.
Details are otherwise sparse on this right now, since we don't even have a title or logline or synopsis or any idea what it's about except that it's a comedy. But apparently it's a very fresh project and still in the early stages for LaTulippe, who also wrote the upcoming Breathers: A Zombie's Lament adaptation. We'll keep an eye out for this, I'm curious to see what LaTulippe can do as a director. We'll be watching out for LaTulippe!