Paramount Pictures has bought the worldwide rights to the Tiffany Haddish, Chris Hemsworth buddy cop comedy “Down Under Cover,” an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.
“Down Under Cover” is one of the hottest sales titles of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, and the Russo Brothers have teamed up again with their “Avengers” star Hemsworth to produce the film under their AGBO production banner. According to the individual, Paramount committed to a budget of $40 million for the comedy.
Peter Hoare wrote the screenplay for “Down Under Cover,” which will star Hemsworth as a detective who goes undercover to investigate a group of male, Australian erotic dancers who he suspects are involved in a series of casino heists.
Haddish will play a lone-wolf cop who Hemsworth reluctantly accepts as a partner.
Hemsworth’s production banner Thematic Entertainment — which he formed with John Finemore, James Hoppe and Ben Grayson — is also producing.
CAA introduced the package to domestic buyers in Cannes and negotiated the deal along with UTA, which represents Haddish.