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Tyler Perry, Lionsgate Buy Action-Comedy Pitch Described As "'City Slickers' Meets 'The Grey'"

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 18, 2014 11:55 AM
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Tyler Perry

On the heels of the piece I published yesterday on Tyler Perry being at somewhat of a crossroads, comes news this morning that the filmmaker, via his 34th Street Films, and Lionsgate, have picked up an action/comedy pitch from screenwriters Jim and Brian Kehoe, titled Top Of The Food Chain, which is being described as City Slickers meets The Grey.

Story specifics aren't yet public; and neither is whether Perry will star in the film, or simply produce.

China-based DMG Entertainment, which co-produced Iron Man 3 and Looper, is also on-board to produce, along with Perry, Ozzie AreuMatt Moore and Chris Cowles

DMG Entertainment's Dan Mintz and Chris Fenton will executive produce.

City Slickers was the 1991 comedy western about a middle-aged man plagued with a mid-life crisis, who is rejuvenated while on a cattle-driving vacation with his friends. Billy Crystal starred.

And The Grey, released in 2011, starred Liam Neeson as the skilled leader of 6 oil workers fighting for their survival against a pack of wolves, after their plane crashes in Alaska.

What a cross of those 2 rather different films will look like, I can't say. Although we do know that it'll be an action-comedy.

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  • jfc | April 2, 2014 4:03 PMReply

    It sounds like the kind of pitch you could have heard in the opening scene of The Player.

  • TM | March 31, 2014 10:18 AMReply

    **yawns** the tenth power...

  • Jay | March 19, 2014 11:17 AMReply

    So this will be more Tyler Perry garbage...gotcha.

  • Fred | March 18, 2014 3:56 PMReply

    I know exactly what happens in this movie: middle-aged men from Atlanta go camping, meet up with killer wolves. Then the bears come. Then snakes from Iran are dropped from the sky. Then the space-aliens arrive and kidnap them but-- wait for it-- TWIST ENDING! IT WAS EARTH ALL ALONG.

    Make it a Kevin Hart-Will Smith-John Schneider action comedy: 100 million dollars the first hour of release.

    Count me in.

  • Donella | March 18, 2014 1:02 PMReply

    I can't imagine the combination. The Grey was a real downbeat movie.

  • Monique A Williams | March 18, 2014 12:53 PMReply

    Glad he's doing something different

    But he's not funny. At all.

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