‘Cougar Hunting’ the next ‘Dumb and Dumber’?
ASPEN – The hunt is taking place in bars and nightclubs across the country. Slick, often wealthy older women are cruising for hot younger men. We’re talking about a woman, mid-30s through 40s, who has given up on the traditional roles and decided to go for it, seduce as many game hotties as she can. Now, two recent transplants to Aspen are looking to take the idea all the way to the bank. Business partners Robin Blazak and Robert Corbett moved here in January with a concept: “Cougar Hunting” as the next hit comedy. The plot: a few ski bums come to Aspen with the express desire of hunting for some cougars, those hot older women. The young guys, however, get blindsided and actually end up liking the ladies for more than sex. There are twists and turns and plenty of good “American Pie”-style jokes. Blazak and Corbett have been in the movie industry for years and written or worked for media companies like MTV, Paramount, Fox, Castle Rock Entertainment and CNN.When they came up with the idea for the movie. They decided not to write another script and hand it over to the corporate bigwigs. “It’s good to feel that we’re in charge of our own destiny,” Corbett said during an interview at the table in Zélé where he and Blazak co-wrote most of the script. “Usually you go to a studio, they buy it, and it’s out of your hands.”So he and Blazak have founded the Aspen Entertainment Group. “We’d love for people in Aspen to get involved,” Blazak said. “We want to make this Aspen’s production company.”They already scored their first investor, enough to get the contracts drawn up by a well-known law firm and work on the early stages of development. Now they just have to raise $15 million. Why $15 million? They found a loophole.As part of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, investments in a film of $15 million or less can be a tax write-off.”If a billionaire is going to give $15 million in taxes, why not gamble it on a movie?” Corbett said.For Corbett and Blazak, though, they feel like the idea is a slam-dunk. The demographics appeal to young men and women, as well as older men and women, across the board. Further, they say they’re getting an amazing response as they’ve shown the script around. “We’re going to partner up with a proven producer,” said Corbett, though he mentioned they have already had to be careful with the material. “We already have people who want to do this project,” commented Blazak. “We’re going to take our time and be selective about who we work with.”Really, though, they just think it’s a solid concept. “I’ve talked to so many women who say, ‘I only date younger men,'” Blazak said. “It’s the final frontier of women’s liberation.”Sure, in the ’70s it was out there, crazy. Now, however, it’s almost expected. “They’re confident and self-assured, and they know what they want,” Blazak said.The script, they said, makes fun of the idea and also attempts to show that it’s acceptable. “There’s a new hope,” Corbett said. “It’s a healthy thing for a 45-year-old to date a younger man.”For more information go to http://www.aspenentertainmentgroup.com Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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