So it seems that Will Ferrell is not the only one who thinks audiences can't get enough of sports comedies -- although to be fair I can't help but giggle at the sight of Ferrell on a treadmill singing My Humps. The Hollywood reporter has announced that Tom Shadyac, director of Bruce Almighty, has signed to produce the cycling comedy Tour de Frank for Universal. The comedy pitch by Andrea King and Andy Marx is being produced through Shadyac's Shady Acres Entertainment in partnership with Universal. Shadyac is expected to direct, but so far he hasn't made any commitments.

Shadyac just finished directing Evan Almighty and also produced the upcoming Adam Sandler comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. So while he seems to be keeping busy with comedies, Shadyac is also working on a film based on the memoirs of John Francis, titled Planetwalker (also with Universal), and judging by Eric's description of that project, I doubt there will be any opportunities for lighthearted humor. There aren't many details on Tour de Frank's story so far beyond the initial set up of a comedy set in the world of competitive cycling; but I can already see a world of possibilities in spandex-related humor.
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