Jonah Hill set to star in 'The Sitter'

4:54 PM PST 02/23/2010 by Borys Kit, AP

David Gordon Green in negotiations to direct Fox comedy

Jonah Hill will star in and David Gordon Green is in negotiations to direct "The Sitter" for Fox. Michael De Luca is producing.

The irreverent comedy will harken to 1987's "Adventures in Babysitting." It follows a college student, suspended for the semester and living at home with his single mom, who has a night to remember when he gets talked into baby-sitting the eccentric kids next door: two boys and a wild 8-year-old girl.

The duo's involvement reinvigorates the comedy that originally began life as a spec by Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka at Fox Atomic. The project consistently has attracted strong talent; Jonathan Levine was attached to direct it when it was at Atomic, and Zac Efron and Zach Galifianakis have circled it.

A fall start date is being eyed.

Hill, repped by WME and Principato-Young Entertainment, next stars opposite Russell Brand in "Get Him to the Greek," which opens June 4. The Sundance movie "Cyrus," in which he appears opposite John C. Reilly, bows July 9. He also voices a role in "How to Train Your Dragon," which DreamWorks Animation debuts March 26.

Green, repped by CAA and the Gotham Group, recently wrapped the Universal comedy "Your Highness," which stars Danny McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman.
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