Marlon Wayans will star in the high-concept comedy “Kung Fu Theater” for DreamWorks Pictures.
One of the first projects bought by DreamWorks production prexy Michael De Luca, “Theater” was formerly set up at Paramount Pictures, where the Par-based Mandalay had acquired it in September 2000 for high-six figures. Musicvid helmer Nick Quested came on board pic late last year and will make his feature helming debut.
Originally penned by Tom Jankiewicz (“Grosse Pointe Blank”), pic was developed with Paul Jay Shrater, who co-wrote the story and will serve as exec producer. A parody of the martial arts genre, pic follows a comic book artist who, parked in front of his TV, finds himself magically transported into a martial arts film — one in which he recognizes all of the storylines and characters from his favorite Saturday afternoon chopsocky pleasures.
Mandalay exec VP of production Ori Marmur is supervising the project for the company; De Luca is overseeing its development along with theatrical production exec Marc Haimes at the studio.
Wayans, repped by CAA and the Gold/Miller Co., is best known for having co-penned and starred in the “Scary Movie” franchise at Dimension Films. He also starred in 1998’s “Senseless.”
WMA-repped Quested, who’s directed videos for Puff Daddy, Nas and Dr. Dre, has also helmed commercials for Lexus and Range Rover.