March 25, 2010 / 7:15 AM / 10 years ago

DreamWorks buys "Zombieland" director's follow-up

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - DreamWorks has won the bidding war for an untitled action comedy pitch, with “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer attached to direct.

Mike Arnold and Chris Poole are writing the project, which is based on an idea by Fleischer. Nicholas Stoller, who directed “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and the upcoming “Get Him to the Greek,” is producing with Gavin Polone, who produced Fleischer’s “Zombieland.”

The logline is being kept under wraps, although it is known to be a buddy cop comedy.

Paramount, Sony and Universal were said to be in the bidding mix.

“Zombieland,” released last fall, was well received both critically and commercially, but six months later, the director has yet to choose his next project. Despite being courted by every major studio and producer — even Tom Cruise courted the filmmaker for “Mission: Impossible IV” — Fleischer has remained in no hurry to choose his follow-up. One of his options has been “30 Minutes or Less,” a comedy from independent studio MRC that Danny McBride is in negotiations to join as star.

Arnold and Poole wrote the action comedy script “The Grackle,” set up at New Line with Matthew McConaughey attached to star, as well as “Homeschooled,” a DreamWorks project that stayed at Paramount after the two companies parted ways.

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