Paramount Pictures is closing in on a world rights deal and $40+ million budget commitment to snag what’s dubbed the ‘hottest package’ at Cannes – the mismatched buddy cop comedy “Down Under Cover” starring Chris Hemsworth and Tiffany Haddish.
Said to be one of the largest Cannes deals ever struck by a studio for a package, Peter Hoare penned the film in which Hemsworth’s detective goes undercover to crack a series of baffling casino heists in which the prime suspects are a troupe of Australian male erotic dancers.
He’s forced to take the partner no one else will, a lone wolf (Tiffany Haddish) who does things only one way: hers. Together they have to work as an unlikely duo to solve the crime of their careers. The film is now eyeing a February 2020 production start with the likes of “Avengers: Endgame” helmers Joe and Anthony Russo producing amongst others. No director is yet set.
The tone is said to have a “48 Hours” vibe and the likes of Lionsgate, Sony, Netflix, Miramax and STX were all chasing after said deal which is ultimately said to be closer to $50 million in total (with gross). Paramount is coming off a successful Cannes where “Rocketman” and “Catch-22” have launched to strong reviews.