Charles to helm Baron Cohen’s ‘Dictator’

Paramount sets worldwide release for May 11, 2012

Larry Charles is attached to direct Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy “The Dictator.”

Charles also directed Baron Cohen in “Borat” and “Bruno.”

Paramount has set a worldwide release date of May 11, 2012, for the laffer, which is inspired by the book “Zabibah and the King,” written by the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Scott Rudin, Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer and David Mandel will produce alongside Baron Cohen, the first time Rudin and Baron Cohen have collaborated.

“Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” writers Berg, Schaffer and Mandel will pen the pic, which tells the story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure democracy would never come to his country.

“Borat” vets Dan Mazer, Ant Hines and Peter Baynham will serve as exec producers.

Todd Schulman, who also worked on “Borat” and “Bruno,” is co-producing the pic under Baron Cohen’s Four by Two Films banner.

Charles, Baron Cohen and Mandel are repped by WME.

Mazer, Berg and Schaffer are repped by UTA.

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