Universal Hires Writer To Pen Romantic Comedy The Gauntlet
With her new Fox comedy series Ben and Kate recently receiving a full season order, screenwriter Dana Fox could have her hands full with her small screen work, but she isn't out of ideas for features. In the case of The Gauntlet, while the idea is Fox's, Universal is bringing someone else in to pen the script for the comedy, which is set to be produced by Scott Stuber through Bluegrass Films.
THR reported the news, stating that newcomer Sarah Rothschild has been tapped to write The Gauntlet, which is based on a treatment by Dana Fox. The story follows a woman who's fresh out of a bad breakup and manages to meet a guy who's actually a good guy, but her overprotective friends and family present could get in the way. This early in the developmental phase, it's hard to speculate much on the concept, but at the very least, from what we know, it sounds like it could be a good starring vehicle for a female actor looking to break into the rom-com genre.
This is Rothschild's first foray into professional screenwriting. From what the trade reports, she impressed execs with a semi-autobiographical spec titled The Dogwalker, which is how she landed the gig. It should be interesting to see how she does with Fox's idea. Fox's feature writing credits include Couples Retreat and What Happens in Vegas. Both of those came before Fox shifted to small screen work, producing for Fox's New Girl and creating Ben and Kate, which is sticking around, at least for a first season.
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