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Mouse taps Mac for reform school visit

Disney comedy to be penned by Richburg, Dyson

“Kings of Comedy” star Bernie Mac is at the center of an untitled Disney pitch deal for a comedy to be written by Bennie Richburg and Jeff Dyson.

Mac will star in a film about two career criminals on the lam who hide at a reform school and pretend to be principal and vice principal. They eventually seek to reform their own crooked ways when they see they can make a difference in the lives of their troubled students.

Pic will be exec produced by Steven Greener of Union Management, who reps Mac and Richburg along with UTA. Disney exec Jason Reed brought in the project.

After years as a standup comic, Mac is now getting his Hollywood shot. Currently starring in the ensemble cast of Steven Soderbergh’s remake of “Ocean’s Eleven,” Mac will be seen shortly alongside Martin Lawrence and Danny DeVito in the MGM summer comedy “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?” He has set up several film projects and recently shot the series pilot “The Bernie Mac Show,” for Regency Television and Fox.

Richburg is the former exec producer of “The Jamie Foxx Show” and producer of “Martin”; Dyson is co-writing another Mac vehicle, the MGM comedy “Deadbeat Detective.”