Elizabeth Banks, Emily Kapnek Sitcom ‘Front Man’ in the Works at Fox

Comedy comes from Banks and husband Max Handelman’s Brownstone Productions and Warner Bros. Television


Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s Brownstone Productions and Warner Bros. Television have sold comedy pilot “Front Man” to Fox, it was announced Thursday.

“Suburgatory” and “Selfie” creator Emily Kapnek will write and executive produce the project.

“Front Man” follows Paul (an overindulged only child born to two doting helicopter parents), who is forced to acknowledge that his dream of becoming a famous singer/songwriter isn’t happening. Wrenched from the comfort of his family home, Paul must now learn to stand on his own. He takes the gig of front man for a local wedding band and learns more than wedding reception standards in the process.

Banks will also direct the pilot if it’s ordered, pending scheduling.

The project comes on the heels of Brownstone signing a multi-year deal with WBTV to develop TV projects.

Banks most recently helmed “Pitch Perfect 2,” which opened to an astonishing $69.2 million. It has grossed over $170 million overseas. A third film has already been scheduled for July 2017, bringing back series stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.

Banks and Brownstone are currently in production on “Heist Society” and are developing “Dirty Rush” and “White Girl Problems.”

Banks and Browstone are represented by UTA, Untitled and attorney PJ Shapiro. Kapnek is represented by UTA and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum.