Scribe scrubbing up for U’s ‘Zits’ pic

Comic-based film to be produced by Shadyac, Platt

Scribe Adam “Tex” Davis has signed on to adapt “Zits,” as a Universal Pictures feature to be based on the King Features comicstrip by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman.

Project, to which helmer Shawn Levy (U’s “Big Fat Liar”) is also attached, is being produced by U-based producers Tom Shadyac and Marc Platt. Development is being overseen by Platt Prods. exec Adam Siegel.

Popular comicstrip, which appears in more than 1,000 newspapers nationwide, won the National Cartoonists Society’s comicstrip of the year kudos two years in a row since its debut in the summer of 1997 — once in 1998 and again in 1999.

Strip follows the life of Jeremy Duncan, a 15-year-old aspiring rock musician, riddled with angst, boredom and resentment of his perfect brother Chad, a painfully good-looking college man. With his best friend Hector, Jeremy flounders around through his awkward high school love affair with Sara, who considers him more of a science project than a boyfriend.

Borgman has drawn editorial cartoons for the Cincinnati Enquirer since he graduated college in 1976 and won the Pulitzer Prize for his work in 1991. “Zits” co-scribe Scott also co-writes the strip “Baby Blues” with Rick Kirkman; it appears in more than 700 newspapers around the world. He was the author of strip “Nancy” from 1983-95 and won the Reuben Award, the National Cartoonists Society’s highest honor, for outstanding cartoonist of the year.

U has also tapped Davis to pen comedy “Good and Dead” for Casey Silver Prods. He’s polishing “Just Friends” at New Line and working on material for his blind deal with Paramount-based MTV Films.

He also penned the 2001 telepic “Spring Break Lawyer” for cabler MTV and “The Gardener of Eden,” a drama that was set up at Good Machine before its absorption into Universal as the Focus specialty arm.

Repped by percentery Genesis and managed by Benderspink, Davis also did the rewrite on Fox’s “10 Wishes,” a comedy about a man whose childhood wishes suddenly come true, with disastrous personal consequences.

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