Jon Turteltaub, Jonathan Prince Board Cruise Ship Comedy for CBS Films (EXCLUSIVE)

Dave McNary
Variety

CBS Films is developing an untitled cruise ship comedy based on pitch from Jacob Meszaros and Zach Taylor with Jon Turteltaub and Jonathan Prince producing, Variety has learned.

The story follows four longtime girlfriends who take a break from their grown-up lives, as they get to re-live their adolescent fantasies on a reunion cruise headlined by their favorite ’90s boy band. As they sail among 2,000 other crazed superfans, friendships will be tested, alliances will be formed, and bad decisions will be made. Courtney Saladino is executive producing.

The project is being developed in the vein of “Bad Moms,” “Bridesmaids,” and “Last Vegas,” which Turteltaub directed for CBS Films. Turteltaub’s directing credits include “Cool Runnings,” “While You Were Sleeping, “Phenomenon,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” and both “National Treasure” movies, which he also produced.

Prince created and executive produced the NBC series “American Dreams.” He recently partnered with Sundance Productions on a historical miniseries for AMC and is writing a Broadway musical for NBC Theatricals.

Prince conceived of the idea for the cruise project and brought it to Turteltaub. The duo was then introduced to the writing team of Meszaros and Taylor by mutual agents at Rothman Brecher.

Meszaros and Taylor also re-wrote the script for “Fire Me,” set up at Fox with Ryan Case directing and Red Hour producing. Meszaros co-wrote “Unaccompanied Minors,” directed by Paul Feig.

Meszaros and Taylor are repped by Rothman Brecher and managed by Russell Hollander. Their attorneys are Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler and Feldman. Turteltaub is repped by WME and Oasis Media Group. Prince is with Rothman Brecher. His attorney is Kim Jaime at Jackoway Tyerman.

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