〉Timberlake and Gad are eyed to lead the sex comedy
Paramount is eyeing Justin Timberlake and Josh Gad to lead the upcoming comedy BAD IN BED. The sex comedy follows a hunk fitness instructor whose world is turned upside down when he his told that he is lacking in bed, leading him to consult an overly sensitive love-making genius who isn’t as easy on the eyes in order to get in touch with his emotional side. The first draft of the screenplay was penned by The Wedding Planner writing duo Pamela Falk and Mike Ellis, based on their 2011 pitch. Sex and the City series executive producer and frequent writer Cindy Chapack is re-writing the script.
Throughout his acting career, Timberlake has been able to show off his comedic chops in the Mila Kunis sex comedy Friends With Benefits and the Cameron Diaz romp Bad Teacher. For Bad In Bed, he’s Paramount’s frontrunner to play Zack Sorensen, a womanizing fitness instructor that finally realizes that it is important to be in touch with his sensitive side.
Gad has been a stand out in the romantic comedy genre, having starred in The Wedding Ringer with Kevin Hart, and having landed a supporting turn in Love & Other Drugs opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. He is also seasoned in the buddy comedy genre, currently starring in the FX series The Comedians, which pairs his character with his polar opposite, played by Billy Crystal. He’s Paramount’s go-to for Bad In Bed‘s Andre Lemkey, an overly sensitive man that channels his emotional side when he is intimate during sex.
Timberlake and Gad are two talents in high demand, with a full slate of projects ahead of them. Timberlake is set to star in and produce Spinning Gold, a biopic about record producer Neil Bogart, with Spike Lee attached to direct. He has also composed the soundtrack for the upcoming drama The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea starring Jessica Biel and Maisie Williams. Gad, meanwhile, has recently established himself as a hot commodity, selling two high-profile projects in major deals – a currently untitled musical comedy pitch to Universal with his partner Jeremy Garelick, and an untitled family adventure film to Disney with his writing partner Ryan Dixon.
Lou Chase | Staff Writer