“Veep” stars Timothy Simons and Matt Walsh have set up college football comedy “Red Shirt” with Paramount Studios.
Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films is producing. The logline for the duo’s pitch is under wraps.
In college football, the practice of “redshirting” is widely employed: A player’s participation is delayed for a year in order to maintain his eligibility for another year.
HBO has ordered a fifth season of “Veep,” in which Simons plays former White House liaison Jonah Ryan and Walsh portrays the vice president’s director of communications Mike McLintock.
Simons is due to appear in “Goosebumps” with Jack Black, in “Michelle Darnell” with Melissa McCarthy and in “Gold” with Matthew McConaughey. Walsh appeared in “Get Hard” and is in Paul Feig’s upcoming “Ghostbusters,” starring McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.
Paramount-based Red Hour is in post-production on Stiller’s “Zoolander 2,” due out Feb. 12.
Simons is repped by UTA and Brillstein. Walsh is repped by UTA and Principato Young.
The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.