Studio nabs 'School of Rock' scribe's action-comedy

Columbia Pictures has acquired “Babe in the Woods,” an original action-comedy spec script written by “School of Rock” scribe Mike White.

White will produce through his Rip Cord Prods. banner with David Bernad. He’ll do a polish on the script before it goes out to directors and cast.

The script is about a female freshman from the Midwest who arrives at Yale and becomes a target of the New Jersey mob.

White’s Rip Cord, which has its deal at Paramount, recently completed “Gentlemen Broncos,” written and directed by Jared Hess, for Fox Searchlight, which will release it in October. That film is an outgrowth of White’s relationship with Hess from “Nacho Libre,” which White wrote and Hess directed.

Rip Cord is also producing “Oh the Glory of it All” with White’s “School of Rock” accomplice Scott Rudin at Miramax. White wrote that film based on the Sean Wilsey memoir, and he is also scripting the “School of Rock” sequel.

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