AFM: MadRiver Unites With Ruben Fleischer for 'The Regional Office Is Under Attack'

Ruben Fleischer

Manuel Gonzales' comedic debut novel about a secret organization tasked with protecting Earth from alien threats was published earlier this year.

MadRiver Pictures has acquired the rights to Manuel Gonzales’ debut novel, The Regional Office Is Under Attack, and is developing it as a feature film, with Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) lined up to direct.

Jennifer Ames and Steve Turner will adapt the novel, which was published earlier this year. The Regional Office is a comedy about a secret organization of young female operatives tasked with protecting an unknowing Earth from a constant barrage of alien threats.

Fleischer and David Bernad of The District will produce with MadRiver’s Marc Butan, while Edward Fee and Riverstone Pictures’ Deepak Nayar and Nik Bower are executive producing.

"It’s rare that you read a book so original and so funny that so clearly translates to a big, fun, commercial film," said Fleischer. "We feel very lucky Manuel has entrusted us with his first novel, and are excited to work with Ames and Turner and MadRiver to bring it to life."

"We are thrilled to be in business with Ruben and his team on The Regional Office," added Butan. "His ability to blend character, action and comedy is as good as it gets, and he is a perfect fit for this project."

Fleischer is repped by CAA, Management 360 and lawyer Warren Dern. Gonzales is repped by CAA and Management 360. Ames and Turner are repped by CAA and Gotham.