Universal Pictures has acquired rights to the Jon Ronson book “Them,” which will be used as the basis for a Mike White script to be directed by Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead”).
Jack Black and White will produce under their U-based Black and White banner along with Wright and Nira Park.
Book, an exploration of extremists, is described as a conspiracy comedy about one woman’s journey to unmask the secret rulers of the world. White and Wright are using elements of it to hatch the story White will write.
U president of production Donna Langley is overseeing the pic with veep of production Damien Saccani.
White, who last scripted “The School of Rock,” is working on “Nacho Libre,” a comedy that stars his partner, Black, as a priest who moonlights as a wrestler to save an orphanage. Jared Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite”) is directing. White wrote the script with Hess and his wife, Jerusha Hess.
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After making his breakthrough on the comical zombie pic “Shaun of the Dead,” Wright has been producing and directing “Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life” for Universal.