U books gig with Barry novel

Universal Pictures has acquired screen rights to the Max Barry novel “Company,” which Steve Pink will adapt.

Tom Shadyac and Michael Bostick will produce the film through U-based Shady Acres. Luke Janklow exec produces.

Novel, which Doubleday published in January, takes a satiric look at office politics through the eyes of a young business school grad who lands a low-level job at a major corporation.Pink co-wrote “High Fidelity,” and for Shady Acres he directed the comedy “Accepted,” which Universal will open in August.

Barry also wrote “Jennifer Government,” which is under option at Section Eight; “Sexy Beast” scribes Louis Mellis and David Scinto are doing an adaptation. Barry is adapting his other novel, “Syrup,” for Fortress Entertainment.

Barry, an Australian, honed his view of corporate hell when he took an entry-level job at Hewlett-Packard and was rescued when “Syrup” was published. Later, he hatched Corporateoppression.com, a Web site featuring testimonials from ordinary people demoralized in the workplace.

Production prexy Donna Langley and senior veep Holly Bario will oversee the project for U, Amanda Morgan Palmer for Shady Acres.

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