Studio acquires graphic novel

Warner Bros. has acquired “Hench” and will develop the AIT/Planet Lar graphic novel as the template for a comic screen vehicle for Danny McBride, who is set to write the script with Shawn Harwell.

McBride will play a football player who suffers a career-ending injury and needs a job. He signs on as henchman to a successful villain.

Original Films’ Neal Moritz will produce with Jason Netter’s Kickstart Prods. and McBride. Ken Levin and Ori Marmur will be exec producers.

The graphic novel was created by Adam Beechen and Mario Bello.

McBride and Harwell have collaborated as writers on episodes of the former’s HBO series “Eastbound and Down.”

McBride, who next stars opposite Will Ferrell in Universal’s “Land of the Lost,” is preparing to star for that studio in the David Gordon Green-directed “Your Highness.” McBride wrote the script and joins Scott Stuber as producer. After that, McBride will return for a second season of his HBO series.

CAA brokered the deal.

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