Paramount Pictures has acquired the US distribution rights to the currently Untitled Leslie Mann/Judd Apatow Comedy, a new female comedy from renowned filmmaking duo Jon Lucas & Scott Moore (writers of 21 & Over, The Hangover) and starring Leslie Mann. Jon Lucas & Scott Moore will direct the film which is based on their original screenplay. Paramount will release the film in theaters on April 15, 2016.
Block Entertainment and Merced Media are producing alongside Judd Apatow and Josh Church for Apatow Productions. Lensing begins this summer in New York, with plot details for this female comedy being kept under wraps. Merced Media is fully financing the project with Bill Block and Merced's Raj Brinder Singh producing. Block Entertainment partner, John Friedberg, will executive produce.
Marc Evans, President of Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Group said:
"We are excited to be partnering with Judd, Bill and their teams for this great project. Leslie, Jon and Scott are among the best comedic talents working today and their combined forces will no doubt make for an incredibly funny movie that the whole team here is excited to be a part of."
Bill Block commented:
"Paramount has a creative and innovative team and they recognize great comedies. This film is going to be wildly appealing and we're thrilled to partner with Paramount to make this a giant global release."
In October, Block partnered with Merced Capital's Raj Brinder Singh and PalmStar Media Capital's Kevin Frakes to launch Merced Media, a $500 million new development, production and financing vehicle. Block and Friedberg are producing under the Block Entertainment banner and are currently in production on Dirty Grandpa starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron, which Lionsgate will release in the US. They have also produced and financed such films as: David Ayer's Fury with Brad Pitt; Neill Blomkamp's District 9; and Elysium with Matt Damon; John Turturro's Fading Gigolo starring Woody Allen; and Oliver Stone's W. with Josh Brolin.