‘Blockers’ helmer Kay Cannon to direct comedy ’79ers’

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“Blockers” helmer Kay Cannon is set to direct the treasure hunting comedy “79ers.”

To be produced by Lionsgate, Point Grey and Gary Sanchez, the film follows a group of estranged friends are forced back together after 20 years to complete a treasure hunt they tried as misfit teens, but never completed, according to Deadline.

Dylan Meyer has been hired to work on the screenplay, originally written by Ben Schwartz. Matthew Janzen and Brady Fujikawa will oversee development for Lionsgate. Josh Fagen is overseeing the project for Point Grey and Kevin Messick for Gary Sanchez.

“Kay is wonderful at capturing characters in situational conflict and is the perfect choice for this re-engineered coming of age comedy. I hope when we are finished with this film it feels like ‘Goonies’ for adults,” said Nathan Kahane, president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. “I have loved this script ever since I first read it. It has such great roles for a group of actors as our estranged friends have the wisdom and life experience of 30- year-olds but the baggage of their teen years that they have to overcome as they reunite for a legendary treasure hunt that has eluded them for decades.”

Cannon made her feature directorial debut on last year’s R-rated teen comedy “Blockers,” which premiered at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and went on to gross more than $94 million at the global box office.

She also penned the “Pitch Perfect” franchise, which has grossed more than $500 million worldwide. She is the writer-director of the upcoming musical comedy reimagining of “Cinderella,” starring Camila Cabello, for Sony Pictures.

In addition, Cannon is the showrunner and creator of the Netflix series “Girlboss,” based on Sophia Amoruso’s best-selling autobiography. On the show, she met her producing partner Laverne McKinnon, who worked as an executive producer on the show. They recently launched their production company, K&L Productions.

-BAM

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