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 Areu, Matt 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.