March 8, 2010 / 7:41 AM / 10 years ago

John Hughes script stirring up interest

Actors (L-R) Jon Cryer, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Macaulay Culkin and Matthew Broderick stand on stage for the John Hughes tribute during the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - John Hughes’ film career may not yet be over despite his sudden death in August.

The writer-director — who was given an Oscar tribute Sunday — has an unproduced screenplay, “Grisbys Go Broke,” floating around the industry ether. Word crept out Friday that Paramount, which has a long history with Hughes, was picking up the script with hopes of turning it into a family comedy.

But the studio told The Hollywood Reporter that it was not negotiating to purchase the screenplay, which follows a wealthy Chicago family that loses everything and is forced to move to the sticks.

But Paramount certainly has no problem with digging back into Hughes material. Hughes’ last feature was Paramount’s 2008 Owen Wilson comedy “Drillbit Taylor,” which began as a Hughes original but was rewritten by Seth Rogen and Kristofor Brown (Hughes’ story credit appeared under the pseudonym Edmond Dantes).

The writer-director may have walked away from Hollywood in 1994, but he never lost his desire to write. After his death from a heart attack, family members found reams of unpublished and unproduced material.

Hughes also worked with Fox, Universal and Disney, but many of his 1980s classics were developed at Paramount, including “She’s Having a Baby,” “Planes, Trains & Automobiles,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Pretty in Pink.” (His “Home Alone” trilogy at Fox grossed more than $800 million worldwide.)

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