Etan Cohen to pen Musunahi film

7:00 PM PST 02/07/2010 by Jay A. Fernandez, Borys Kit

'Tropic Thunder' co-writer comes aboard DreamWorks project

Etan Cohen has been hired by DreamWorks Studios to write the screenplay for a feature based on the Museum of SuperNatural History Web site. The studio recently picked up feature adaptation rights to the Musunahi brand.

Created and curated by Ernest Lupinacci, the blog-style site covers all things spooky, mythical and conspiracy-minded. A former creative director for Nike and ESPN, Lupinacci has said his creation is designed to "be to the paranormal world what National Geographic is to the real world."

Cohen's feature adaptation will follow the curator of a covert organization known as the Museum of SuperNatural History who must seek out and protect the world's best-kept secrets -- think Stonehenge, the Sphinx, scientific breakthroughs.

Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who are producing the upcoming DreamWorks comedy "Dinner for Schmucks," are producing and developing the project as part of their financing arrangement with Imagenation Abu Dhabi. Lupinacci is an executive producer.

Repped by CAA and Mosaic Media Group, Cohen has co-written the screenplays for "Idiocracy," "Tropic Thunder" and "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa." He also is working on the Universal project "Candy Land," the Sony sequel "Men in Black 3" and the New Line action-comedy "Project A," which is being developed by Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films.

Cohen is attached to make his directing debut on Paramount comedy "Daddy's Home," starring Will Ferrell and Ed Helms.
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