Black suits up for 'Humiliation,' NCAA-style


Universal Pictures has picked up movie rights to a New York Times article with the headline "In College Football, Big Paydays for Humiliation" for Jack Black to produce.

The Aug. 23 article by Pete Thamel looks at a college football practice in which teams pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to have weaker teams play them for easy wins. The movie would be a lighthearted take.

No screenwriter is attached.

Black will take a role in the film but would not star. He will produce via his newly christened shingle Electric Dynamite, which has a two-year, first-look deal with Universal. Black had a previous deal with the studio via Black and White Prods., his partnership with writer Mike White. The two dissolved the company in the summer but are still working together on a slate of projects. Universal took the opportunity to renew its deal with Black for two more years.

Holly Bario is overseeing for the studio.

Black, repped by UTA, is a producer on "Year of the Dog." He next stars in "Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny."

The Times is repped by ICM.