Comedian Dane Cook has fathered a pitch titled “Dad Knap” and set it up at Disney, with studio-based Mandeville Pictures aboard to produce. Cook will star in the project and produce through his Great Dane Entertainment.
Deal is the second for Cook this week. He’s also just signed on to join the cast of helmer Bruce Evans’ “Mr. Brooks,” starring Kevin Costner, William Hurt and Demi Moore. MGM will distribute the pic, being produced by Costner’s shingle Tig Prods.
In “Dad Knap,” which is currently seeking a writer, a man kidnaps his dad in order to get the type of father-son time he never had.
Cook will produce with Mandeville partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman along with Cook’s manager, Barry Katz, of New Wave Entertainment. New Wave’s Brian Volk-Weiss will exec produce.
The psychological thriller “Mr. Brooks” marks Cook’s first dramatic role onscreen. Story centers on a prominent businessman (Costner) who has an alter ego that causes him to do dangerous things. Cook’s character blackmails him into being his new accomplice. Shooting starts April 17 in Shreveport, La.
Jim Wilson and Costner are producing through their Tig shingle along with Raynold Gideon. Exec producing are Thomas Augsberger of Eden Rock Media and Marc Schaberg, Adam Rosenfelt and Sam Nazarian for Element Films. Nazarian’s Element Films is financing the pic and handling international sales.
Cook, who just wrapped the indie “Employee of the Month” opposite Jessica Simpson, is repped by Katz and Weiss at New Wave and CAA.