'Bobism' at the new MGM

Wexler spec is first for studio team

Making its first comedy acquisition under new chairman Mary Parent and the first acquisition involving newly hired executive vp production Cale Boyter, MGM has picked up Ben Wexler's comedy spec "Bobism."

Producing are Contrafilm's Tripp Vinson and Beau Flynn. Adam F. Goldberg is also producing.

In "Bobism," a shy college kid learns that his blog will be the basis for a utopian society in 1,000 years. He also finds out that aliens from the future want to kill him and prevent that utopia from happening.

"Ben Wexler found a way to cleverly combine comedy, action and sci-fi genres and play them real," Vinson said.

Added Flynn: "If 'Midnight Run' and 'Terminator' got married and birthed a 'Superbad' child, this would be that movie."

Contrafilm's Lisa Zambri also is expected to act in a producer capacity. Boyter and MGM vp production Becky Sloviter will oversee.

Contrafilm is producing "Choke," an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel, and is developing action-thriller "Conrail" at New Line.

Wexler is a longtime TV writer who met Goldberg when he worked for four seasons on CBS' "Still Standing." The two developed the script before partnering with Contrafilm.

Wexler also is developing a comedy with Happy Madison for Fox and prepping a television version of "Hitch" with Overbrook for CBS. "Bobism" is his first feature. He is repped by Endeavor, 3 Arts and attorneys Lindsay Strasberg and Robert Offer.