Brand to star in, produce comedy

Warner Bros. is aiming for “Cupid,” snapping up Joe Nussbaum’s romantic comedy pitch and setting it up with Russell Brand to star and produce.

Studio acquired the pitch for Brand and partner Nik Linnen to produce through their Warner-based Branded Films banner.

Story centers on a cynical Cupid being forced to create an ideal romance. Niija Kuykendall will oversee “Cupid” for Warner Bros.

Variety reported Monday that Brand is in early talks to star in Larry Charles’ raunchy comedy “Pierre Pierre.” Escape Artists partners Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will produce with Brian Sher of Category 5.

Brand recently wrapped Diablo Cody’s untitled directorial debut, which reteams him with his “Rock of Ages” co-star Julianne Hough. The Brit comic has a voice role in “Despicable Me 2″ and is attached to star in “The Hauntrepreneur” for Paramount.

Nussbaum directed “Prom” and “Sydney White” and penned “Brad Cutter Ruined My Life.”

Brand is repped by WME, Linnen and attorney P.J. Shapiro. Nussbaum is repped by WME and Principato-Young.

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