Jack Black, "Panda" writers plan action spoof

Wed Oct 1, 2008 1:22am EDT

Cast member Jack Black attends the premiere of ''Tropic Thunder'' at the Mann's Village theatre in Westwood, California August 11, 2008. The movie opens in the U.S. on August 13. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Cast member Jack Black attends the premiere of ''Tropic Thunder'' at the Mann's Village theatre in Westwood, California August 11, 2008. The movie opens in the U.S. on August 13.

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Actor/musician Jack Black is reuniting with "Kung Fu Panda" writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger for an untitled action comedy at Universal.

In a sort of comedic "The Bourne Identity," the live-action film centers on Black as an American who finds himself washed up on the shores of Cuba with no idea of who he is and how he got there. He comes to the conclusion that he must be a superspy, which is far from the truth.

Universal picked up the project as a pitch in a seven-figure deal.

Aibel and Berger worked with Black for months in the recording sessions for DreamWorks Animation's "Panda," which became one of the biggest hits of the summer, grossing more than $215 million domestically and kicking up another $405 million internationally.

The scribes, who were writer-producers on "King of the Hill," are working on DreamWorks' next animated movie, "Monsters vs. Aliens," which features the voices of Seth Rogen and Reese Witherspoon and is due in the spring.

Black appears next year in Columbia's adventure comedy "Year One," directed by Harold Ramis.

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