'Panda' fuels the Black identity

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Jack Black is reuniting with "Kung Fu Panda" writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger for an untitled live-action action comedy at Universal.

Black will produce with his Electric Dynamite partner Ben Cooley.

A sort of comedic "The Bourne Identity," the story sees Black as an American who finds himself washed up on the shores of Cuba with no idea of who he is and how he got there. He comes to the conclusion that he must be a superspy, though in reality he is far from one.

"On the other hand," Berger said, "if he did turn out to be a superspy, this wouldn't be a 'comedic Bourne Identity' but just 'The Bourne Identity,' and apparently Universal has already made that movie, several times."

Universal picked up the project as a pitch in a seven-figure deal.

Aibel and Berger worked with Black in the recording sessions for DreamWorks Animation's "Panda," one of the big hits of the summer, grossing more than $215 million domestically and kicking up another $405 million overseas.

"For our next live-action project, we knew we wanted to work with either a panda or Jack. Luckily, Endeavor repped Jack," Aibel said. "We also figured that if we could write for Jack as a panda, we could write for him as a human."

The Endeavor-repped scribes are working on DreamWorks' next animated movie, "Monsters vs. Aliens," which features the voices of Seth Rogen and Reese Witherspoon and is due in the spring.

Black next appears in Columbia's "Year One," directed by Harold Ramis. (partialdiff)
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