After sitting on the shelf for over two years now, Warner Bros. Pictures’ horror-comedy Man-Witch is prepping for shoot with fan favorite Jack Black attached to star! The pic is about a male schoolteacher who abruptly discovers he’s got witchlike abilities that lead him to be taken in by a coven of real witches. They send him to “witch school,” where he is the lone adult male, surrounded mostly by little girl witches-in-training. Read on for the skinny.
Jack Black and Todd Phillips are teaming for the first time on Warner Bros. laffer “Man-Witch,” according to Variety. Duo are developing for Black to star and Phillips to direct.
In the comedy, Black will play a schoolteacher who suddenly discovers he has witchlike abilities. Taken in by a coven, he is persuaded to attend a school for witches, only to discover that his classmates are all girls.
Jay Reiss, currently starring on Broadway in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” is penning the script based on a pitch by Josh Stolberg and Bob Florsheim.
Original Film’s Neal Moritz and Phillips are producing; Scott Budnick exec produces for the Todd Phillips Co. and Ori Marmur for Original Film.
Later this year, Black will be seen in Noah Baumbach’s “Margot at the Wedding” and Michel Gondry’s “Be Kind Rewind.” He’s also voicing the lead in DreamWorks Animation toon “Kung Fu Panda” and is set to star in “Year One,” a comedy Judd Apatow is producing for Columbia.
Among other directing projects, Phillips is in pre-production on “Men” for Warners and is developing “Old School Dos” for DreamWorks. Producing projects include “Psycho Funky Chimp” at Paramount.
Upcoming Original Film releases include “Evan Almighty,” “I Am Legend” and “Vantage Point.”
Reiss also penned the screenplay “Lonny the Great,” which is set up at Warners.