Mandate picks up Aziz Ansari project


Mandate Pictures has picked up an untitled comedy feature pitch based on an idea by comedian Aziz Ansari and "30 Rock" television scribe Matt Hubbard. Ansari is attached to star in the project alongside comic actor Danny McBride.
 
Harris Wittels, who writes for Ansari's NBC TV series "Parks and Recreation," will pen the feature script.
 
McBride is also producing the project alongside David Gordon Green, Jody Hill and Matt Reilly through their Rough House banner. The production company has a first-look deal with Mandate.
 
Ansari and Mandate's Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Hubbard will co-produce. Lawrence Grey will oversee the project for Mandate.
 
The project, whose plotline is being kept under wraps, reunites McBride and Ansari, both of whom starred in Hill's "Observe and Report" last year. The duo are about to embark on another project together, Columbia Pictures' "30 Minutes or Less," currently in pre-production.
 
Rising comic star Ansari was most recently tapped to host the upcoming MTV Movie Awards and is about to embark on a summer stand-up tour across the U.S. The comedian, who is repped by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment, will be seen on screen this summer in the comedy "Get Him to the Greek."
 
McBride is shooting his second season of HBO's "Eastbound and Down," which he co-created, co-writes and produces with Hill. He was last seen in the Academy Award nominated feature "Up in the Air." He and his production company are repped by CAA and Forefront Media.
 
Hubbard, who won an Emmy for "30 Rock," is repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman. Wittels is repped by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment.
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