Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Picturestart Set Live-Action Comedy ‘Strays’ at Universal (EXCLUSIVE)

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Universal Pictures has preemptively nabbed a live action project from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, to be produced with Erik Feig’s Picturestart.

Titled “Strays,” the film is an adult comedy and original pitch from writer Dan Perrault (“American Vandal”), about an abandoned dog who teams up with other strays to get revenge on his former owner.

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The project will be directed by Josh Greenbaum, who just made his narrative directorial debut with Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo’s “Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar.” Greenbaum is an Emmy winner who hails from the unscripted space (“The Short Game,” “Becoming Bond,” “Too Funny to Fail”).

Picturestart packaged and developed Perrault’s script for Greenbaum, Lord and Miller and their label’s film president Aditya Sood, and producer Louis Leterrier (“Lupin,” “Now You See Me”) who will join via his Rabbit Hole Productions banner. Feig (“Unpregnant,” “La La Land”) will produce for Picturestart.

The movie falls under Lord and Miller’s first-look deal with the Donna Langley-led Universal, and aims to produce features in both comedy and drama based on original content, existing IP and other media formats.

Universal Pictures senior vice president of production development Jeyun Munford will oversee for the studio. Jessica Switch will executive produce and Julia Hammer will co-produce for Picturestart. Nikki Baida will executive produce for Lord Miller.

Perrault is represented by UTA and Brillstein. Greenbaum is represented by UTA and Management 360. Lord and Miller are represented by UTA. Leterrier is represented by CAA and Management 360.

Lord and Miller are coming off of a successful summer with the release of the Netflix original “The Mitchells Vs. The Machines.” The pair are in production on a sequel to the Oscar winner “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” and are also set to direct “The Premonition: A Pandemic Story” at Universal based on Michael Lewis’ bestselling book. Amy Pascal will produce.

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