How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater and Strutter: According to The Hollywood Reporter, writers Tim Rasmussen and Vince Di Meglio have set up two projects at Columbia Pictures, one with producer Kevin Misher and the other with producer Laura Ziskin.

The studio has picked up Strutter in turnaround from Universal Pictures. The project is a comedy about the Olympic sport of race walking. Misher will produce the tale about an aging race walker who's fending off younger competitors.

The duo also has boarded How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater, based on the book by Marc Acito that is due later this year. It follows a New Jersey teenager in the early 1980s who goes about raising money to attend Juilliard in the most unscrupulous of ways.

Rasmussen and Di Meglio, whose first professional assignment was a rewrite on Meet the Fockers, also are working on Smother, which Jay Roach is attached to produce at New Line Cinema.

Brian B.