BREAKING: MadRiver Pictures has acquired the feature film rights to Manuel Gonzales’ debut novel The Regional Office Is Under Attack, an action comedy about a secret organization of young female operatives tasked with protecting an unknowing Earth from a constant barrage of alien threats. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) is attached to direct with Jennifer Ames and Steve Turner (writing duo on Boardwalk Empire) adapting for the big screen.

The film based on the novel published this year will be produced by Fleischer and David Bernad of The District with MadRiver’s Marc Butan. Edward Fee and Riverstone Pictures’ Deepak Nayar and Nik Bower are executive producing.

MadRiver recently completed James Gray’s Lost City of Z, set to release next year via Amazon Studios, and is in post-production on Peter Landesman’s Felt starring Liam Neeson and Diane Lane, about the source known as Deep Throat who brought down President Nixon and his crooked gang of cronies.

The District executive produces NBC’s Superstore, which recently received a full Season 2 order.  It also has Brie Larson’s directorial debut Unicorn Store in production. Fleischer is working on helming the sequel to the box office hit Zombieland.

Gonzales, who teaches creative writing for the University of Kentucky and the Institute of American Indian Arts, is the author of award-winning book The Miniature Wife and Other Stores.

Ames and Turner also have worked on Banshee and Bosch, have sold shows to Cinemax and FX, co-produced Ash vs. Evil Dead and are producers on Audience Network’s Kingdom.

Fleischer is repped by CAA, Management 360 and lawyer Warren Dern. Gonzales is repped by CAA, Management 360 and PJ Mark at Janklow & Nesbit Associates. Ames and Turner are repped by CAA and Gotham.