Warners triumphs with 'Evil'

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Emerging victorious in a bidding war, Warner Bros. has picked up "I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President."

The studio acquired the book proposal from "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" scribe Josh Lieb for McG to produce via his Wonderland Sound and Vision shingle. Lieb is on board to adapt his book — which might be the snappiest title of the year and certainly is among the longest.

The premise centers on a chubby 13-year old boy who everybody assumes is the dumbest kid in the seventh grade. He really is an evil genius and the third-richest person on the planet, with a secret compound beneath his unsuspecting family's modest suburban home. He hides his identity to keep himself safe from his enemies and because he can't legally claim his empire until he turns 18.

The story concerns the boy's attempt to prove himself in the eyes of his do-gooder father by being elected class president. Unfortunately, the tactics he uses to stage coups in Central America prove to be less effective in running a middle-school campaign.

The proposal sold to Penguin Books.

Jon Berg is overseeing for Warners.

McG is prepping to direct "Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins," starring Christian Bale and Sam Worthington.

Lieb's credits also include "NewsRadio" and "The Simpsons." He is repped by Endeavor.
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