D'Works Ani is master of 'Mind' spec


DreamWorks Animation has acquired Alan Schoolcraft & Brent Simons' superhero sendup spec "Master Mind," with Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld producing through their Red Hour Films banner.

DreamWorks Animation veterans Cameron Hood and Kyle Jefferson are attached to make their feature film directorial debut with "Master Mind," a satirical take on the superhero genre centering on a supervillain who loses his joie de vivre after accidentally killing his archrival, Uberman, in the opening scene of the movie.

"They have put the film on the fast track, which in animation terms means it will be coming out in the next 15-20 years," Stiller joked.

The project marks the first time Stiller has collaborated with DWA in a production capacity. He voiced Alex the lion in DWA's "Madagascar" and in the upcoming "Madagascar: The Crate Escape."

Chris Kuser will shepherd the project for DWA.

Red Hour's Lara Breay, who brought the project into the shingle, will oversee development.

"(Stiller's) creativity and signature sense of humor will lend itself perfectly to this project," DWA CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said. "As for Cameron Hood and Kyle Jefferson, they are two valued members of our DreamWorks Animation family. Their short 'First Flight' was such a beautiful, original piece, and we believe the promise it showed will be on full display in 'Master Mind.' "

Hood and Jefferson made their animation helming debut in 2006 with "First Flight." Before that, the Toronto natives worked on DreamWorks' "The Prince of Egypt," "The Road to El Dorado," "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron," "Shrek," "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" and "Shark Tale." They are handled by WMA and Management 360.

Schoolcraft & Simons also are busy penning a sequel to "Small Soldiers" for DreamWorks Pictures. They are repped by ICM and manager Brian Lutz.