In a real cross-pollination of series TV and film, Mandate Pictures has acquired an untitled comedy pitch from Aziz Ansari and 30 Rock writer Matt Hubbard, that Harris Wittels will write as a star vehicle for Ansari and Danny McBride. Wittels is a writer on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, which stars Ansari, and McBride jumps between features and East Bound and Down, the HBO sitcom that he created with Jody Hill.
Rough House, the production shingle that McBride runs with Hill, David Gordon Green and Matt Reilly, will produce. Logline’s under wraps, and it’s the second teaming of Ansari and McBride, who’ll also star in 30 Minutes Or Less, the pizza deliveryman comedy directed by Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleisher. Ansari, who’ll next be seen in Get Him to the Greek, was just set to host the MTV Movie Awards on June 6. McBride stars with James Franco and Natalie Portman in the Universal comedy, Your Highness.
Ansari will be exec producer with Mandate president Nathan Kahane.