Abe Lincoln, Vampire Hunter Scribe Sells John Hughes-Like High School Comedy
Certain genres may go out of style, but the John Hughes model is forever viable. The deceased director put his stamp on the 1980s and early 1990s with loveable, endearing stories of good-hearted and confused adolescents looking to find their place, and now scribe Seth Grahame-Smith is looking to continue the tradition. He’s just sold a pitch to 20th Century Fox entitled From Mia With Love.
Co-written by David Katzenberg, who will also direct, Bryan Shukoff and Kevin Chesley, it follows three desperate high school students who mail off for a Russian bride hoping she’ll make men out of all three. She’s unwilling to sleep with any of them, but she upholds her end of the bargain by teaching them how to behave and attract ladies a little closer in age. She’s far from a saint and covered in emotional scars, but together the four find common ground.
According to Deadline, the script isn’t completely done yet, but Grahame-Smith will complete it while he writes an accompanying novel. The author has fast emerged as a rising star in the industry with his Abe Lincoln, Vampire Hunter also winding its way through production. This new comedy will be a departure from his normal M.O., but as I said before, the John Hughes model will always work, provided the characters are injected with heart and likeability.
Let’s hope From Mia With Love lives up to the lofty standards Hughes set so many years ago.
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