Amy Poehler sets 'Lunch' date

To star in adaptation of graphic novel series for Universal

Universal has picked up "Lunch Lady," a children's graphic novel series written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka, with Amy Poehler attached to star. Poehler will executive produce along with the Gotham Group's Ellen Goldsmith-Vein set to produce.

Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern are penning the adaptation.

The "Lady" series, the first of which will be unveiled at the end of July by Knopf Books for Young Readers, centers on a mild-mannered school cafeteria server who secretly dishes out helpings of justice as she and her assistant investigate wrongdoings. The books also feature three kids who try to figure out her double life.

The titles include "Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians" and "Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute," both of which are due this summer. "Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta" is scheduled to be released in December and "Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown" is set for summer 2010.

Krosoczka, repped by Writers House and Gotham, is the author-illustrator of books "Punk Farm" and "Max for President."

Universal vp production Kristen Lowe will oversee the project for the studio. Gotham's Lee Stollman and Eddie Gamarra are exec producing.

UTA-repped Haskins, a writer and correspondent for Current TV's "InfoMania," and WME-repped Halpern, who was a writer on CBS' "The Unit," wrote the spec "Booksmart," which recently sold to Fox.

Poehler, repped by WME and 3 Arts Entertainment, stars in NBC's "Parks and Recreation." She starred in "Baby Mama" opposite Tina Fey.
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