Former L.A. Laker Girl Morgan Lawley has inked a deal to make her feature helming debut on “Babe in the Woods” for Universal Pictures and Donner/Shuler-Donner Prods.
Lauren Shuler-Donner and Julie Durk will produce the comedy based on Mike White’s spec, which Universal acquired early last year.
The offbeat comedy chronicles the travails of a naive college freshman from Nebraska who goes from outcast to popularity after she inadvertently gets involved with her roommate’s Mafioso family.
Universal’s Kevin Misher is overseeing the project for the studio.
Universal acquired White’s spec early last year and at one time the studio was in talks with German helmer Katja Von Garnier to make her English-language debut on the film, but those talks fell apart.
Lawley segued from dancer to video director, helming videos for such music acts as Jamiroquai, Carly Simon, Gladys Knight, Charlie Sexton and Diggable Planet. She is repped by CAA and Industry Entertainment.
White’s other feature credits include the current Par release “Dead Man on Campus.” White, a writer and creative consultant on TV’s “Dawson’s Creek,” is repped by the William Morris Agency’s David Lubliner.