Rodkey pitch to Interscope

Comic's latest about computer geeks

Scripter Geoff Rodkey, the former “National Lampoon” editor who sold the “Lab Rats” pitch to Universal last fall, has sold another comic idea, this one to Interscope Communications.

Untitled satire deals with the Bill Gates-type computer wizards who spawned the huge software industry from garages and basements and became zillionaires.

“It’s about the money and power that was made in the computer industry and the nerds who did it,” said Al Ruddy, who will produce with Andre Morgan.

At Interscope, the project was brought in by chairman Ted Field and production head Scott Kroopf.

Last fall, Rodkey’s “Starkers, Texas” — initially called “Dave the Ox” — was the subject of interest from Fox 2000, Castle Rock and DreamWorks, among others, before being snapped up by Universal in a preemptive bid worth $250,000 against $500,000. A month later, in October, U also bought “Lab Rats,” for the same amount; Oliver Stone will produce.

Rodkey’s agents at William Morris Agency, Ramses IsHak and Todd Harris, and attorney Ken Richman handled the Interscope deal.