MGM has picked up a pitch from writer-director Steve Pink for the police comedy Cop Swap, after a bidding war broke out over the project this weekend.
Steve Pink is writing the script with his partner Jeff Morris, which is based on an actual international exchange program where cops from all over the world come to America. The story focuses on a black sheep LAPD cop, who is assigned to babysit a group of international cops, all of whom are misfits back home, and are undergoing a one-year internship. They all stumble upon a major crime being committed. The script deal is said to be mid six-figures against low seven-figures, which will be even higher when factoring in Steve Pink's fee as a director.
Every studio in town was interested in this pitch, but Deadline reports the pitches were sent out to just two studios per day, with Fox and Lionsgate getting the script first. When MGM heard about the project through Lionsgate, the studio quickly made a deal with Steve Pink, who they worked with on Hot Tub Time Machine 2, before the other studios had a chance to move in.
No production schedule was given for Cop Swap, which will be produced by Nicky Weinstock and executive produced by Whitney Thomas. Steve Pink is attached to direct Vacation Friends for 20th Century Fox, which has Chris Pratt and Anna Faris attached to star. Jeff Morris wrote Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever, with Aubrey Plaza voicing the title character, which debuts this holiday season.