Kay Cannon is set to direct the forthcoming comedy 79ers for Lionsgate, per THR.
79ers tells the tale of a group of adults who reunite after 20 years to finish a treasure hunt that they attempted, but never completed when they were younger.
“Kay is wonderful at capturing characters in situational conflict and is the perfect choice for this re-engineered coming of age comedy,” Nathan Kahane, president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, told THR. “I hope when we are finished with this film it feels like Goonies for adults”
Point Grey, the production company behind most of the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg films, will be co-produce the film with Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions. Dylan Meyer (XOXO, Miss 2059) has been tapped to work on the screenplay, which was original written by Parks & Recreation actor Ben Schwartz.
Cannon’s directorial debut, acclaimed comedy Blockers, was also produced by Point Grey. The director also wrote all of the Pitch Perfect films, and was the creator and showrunner for Netflix’s short-lived Girlboss.