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.
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.