WB enlists 'Booty Call' scribe to pen pic

Warner Bros. has hired Takashi Bufford (“Booty Call”) to script a comedy with the working title “Black to the Future,” about two gangsta rappers who travel back through time, visiting significant points in history. Story is based on a pitch from writing team Adam Broder and Tony Abrams, who are signed on to produce with Jonathan Krane.

Bufford’s deal is worth a reported low six against mid-six figures. No director or talent is attached.

Takashi’s other feature credits include New Line’s 1996 “Set it Off!,” which starred Vivica Fox, Jada Pinkett and Queen Latifah. He also was writer on the drama “413 Hope St.”

Broder and Abrams wrote the story and early drafts of Par’s “Dead Man on Campus,” set for release later this year, and have placed the spec script “The Bridge” at Fox. They’ve also sold the script “The Possession of Angela” to Warner Bros.

Warners senior VP Diana Rathbun and creative exec Greg Silverman are shepherding the project for the studio.

Bufford, Broder and Abrams are repped by William Morris Agency’s Joanne Roberts Wiles, Spencer Baumgarten and David Lubliner.

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