Fox 2000 Acquires ‘Guinea Pigging’ from Chernin With Mitch Hurwitz Directing

Principato Young and Conde Nass will also produce pic that is based on NY Times article

Mitch Hurwitz Director
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Fox 2000 has acquired an untitled pitch from Chernin Entertainment, Conde Nast and Principato-Young with “Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz attached to make his feature film directorial debut.

Chernin will produce along with Jeremy Steckler and Dawn Ostroff who will produce through Conde Nast Entertainment as well as Peter Principato who will produce through Principato-Young with “Reno 911” creators Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon penning the script.

Inspired by the 2008 New Yorker article by Carl Elliott chronicling the secret “Guinea pig underground” of pharmaceutical trial subjects, the comedy following a loveable loser who signs on to be a test subject. After taking the trial drug, he wakes up to find that this “limitless” drug has transformed his life — but with consequences.

Rodney Ferrell will shepherd for Fox 2000 while David Ready and Jenno Topping will oversee for Chernin.

Given the large following that both “Arrested Development” and “Reno 911” have established over the years, the package is a major score for Fox 2000.

Hurwitz cut his teeth in the television world and is looking to try his hand at helming movies now that Netflix resurrected “Arrested Development” last spring.

Garant and Lennon have already successfully made that transition by scripting movies “Night at the Museum” and “Hell Baby.” They are developing a film adaption of the TV show “Baywatch” at Paramount.

Hurwitz, Garant and Lennon are repped by CAA and Principato-Young. Attorney Karl Austen also reps Garant and Lennon.

Elliott is also repped by CAA and Blauner Books.