Ryan Seacrest Producing School Of Rock-Style Comedy Inspired By Jamie Oliver

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TV personality and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest is also a prolific television producer, but the man who created Keeping Up with the Kardashians is now looking to expand into filmmaking. And it should come as no surprise that his inspiration is reality television.

THR reveals Seacrest is teaming up with Paramount Pictures to develop a comedy called Food Fight, loosely based on celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's Emmy-winning Food Revolution. Oliver used the show as a platform to promote better eating habits by traveling to various American small towns and teaching its locals the joy of healthy home cooking. Seacrest was a producer on the series, and is currently spinning its concept into a narrative film in the vein of Paramount hit School of Rock.

The comedy would reimagine the good-intentioned English chef as a Los Angeles gourmet food truck owner whose shenanigans force him to do community service at a local school's cafeteria, where he meets a "ragtag group of kids," and presumably teaches them about eating well while learning life lessons of his own. So really it sounds more like Mighty Ducks than School of Rock.

The latest report reveals David Posamentier and Geoff Moore, who co-wrote and co-directed the 2013 dramedy Better Living Through Chemistry, are revising a draft originally penned by How to Train Your Dragon co-writer William Davies. Paramount had previously been slow to develop this project but with their ambitious epic World War Z bleeding money, Dumb and Dumber To falling apart, and their dark fantasy feature Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters being granted the kiss of death that is a January release date, it seems the studio is hungry for something simple and inexpensive with broad commercial appeal. Food Fight very well could be all that and prove just the kind of pick me up Paramount's seeking.

Kristy Puchko

Staff writer at CinemaBlend.