Mouse, Black on track

Co. beat out rival bids for 'Ali G' producer's script

The Walt Disney Co. emerged victorious in a bidding war for an untitled comedy pitch by scribe Dan Mazer that Jack Black will star in and produce.

Though insiders were keeping story details of the pitch close to their vest, broad contemporary comedy is about an ordinary man who hits hard times and is forced to sell something dear to him.

Mazer, a writer and producer on HBO’s “Da Ali G Show,” a series that he co-developed with Ali G, aka British comedian Sasha Baron Cohen, will write the pic for the Touchstone Pictures label.

Disney is understood to have beat out rival bids from such other studios as Warner Bros., Paramount and Universal to close the deal for a six-figure sum.

Pic will be overseen at the Mouse House by Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group prexy Nina Jacobson and VP of production Jeff Clifford.

Black, repped by UTA, recently set up the comedy pitch “Rad Brad, Modern Warrior,” by scribe Philip Stark at New Line; Black will also produce. Black has also set up at New Line a feature about his rock band Tenacious D and an untitled motorcycle cop comedy, which he will star in with Will Ferrell.

Black’s most recent credits include “Shallow Hal,” “Orange County” and “High Fidelity.” He will next appear in Paramount’s upcoming comedy “School of Rock,” due to be released Stateside Oct. 10.

Mazer, also repped by UTA, co-wrote with Baron Cohen and produced the feature film “Ali G Indahouse.”

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