Columbia Pictures has made another deal with its Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer. The filmmaker has signed on to develop to direct Babe in the Woods, a Mike White-scripted comedy about a female freshman who arrives at Yale and is targeted by the New Jersey mob. White and David Bernad are producing for White’s Rip Cord banner. It’s a priority project for Colpix presidents Matt Tolmach and Doug Belgrad.
Columbia is also expected to get distribution rights to the Media Rights Capital comedy 30 Minutes or Less, and the studio is working with Fleischer on a sequel to Zombieland, which was his feature helming debut. Fleischer is directing Danny McBride as a pizza deliveryman, with Aziz Ansari and Jesse Eisenberg also starring and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour producing. Fleischer separately set an untitled pitch at DreamWorks which he’ll direct and produce with Nicholas Stoller and Gavin Polone.