Wednesday, January 16, 2019

'Slime' Time For Paramount Players, Steve Pink and Jeff Morris

Paramount Players has acquired Slime, a pitch for a family action-adventure film that will be scripted by writing partners Steve Pink and Jeff Morris, Deadline reports! Pink will direct it. The movie is about a slime experiment gone wrong. Slime of course has long been a staple of sister network Nickelodeon.

John Cena slimed at Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Photo credit: Michael Buckner/Shutterstock

It's currently unknown whether it'll be released as a Nickelodeon Movies co-production, however, Paramount Players has a mandate to leverage Viacom-owned properties for the big screen treatment. The studio is also developing a live-action Dora the Explorer movie, inspired by Nickelodeon's beloved preschool series of the same name, and a feature adaptation of the beloved '90s Nick series Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Paramount Players also acquired the feature film rights to popular toy Creepy Crawlers, so it's possible that it'll be a standalone Paramount Players-branded movie.

This was a last-minute bidding situation, and Paramount Players pre-emptively took it off the table before the holidays. Jeremy Stein brought the project in, met with Morris to discuss and got it sold immediately on his first week at his new job with Davis Entertainment.

Pink directed the Hot Tub Time Machine films and About Last Night for Screen Gems. He has been helming TV shows including Cobra Kai, Santa Clarita Diet and the upcoming Wayne for YouTube. Pink and Morris have projects in development including Failure to Appear and The Yank at Sony, as well as Cop Swap at MGM. Morris also wrote the Black List script The True Memoirs of an International Assassin, which became a Netflix film.

Pink is represented by UTA, Mosaic and Morris Yorn; Morris is UTA, Artists First and Ziffren Brittenham.

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