Lee going from karma to 'Krater'


"My Name Is Earl" star Jason Lee will star in and produce "Krater," a comedy project that Warner Bros. Pictures has pre-emptively picked up from writer J.D. Ryznar. Scott M. Martin also is producing.

Set in the late 1970s and early '80s, the story follows the leader (Lee) of a rock band known as Krater who struggles with massive success after hiring a new lead singer with hidden Broadway ambitions. The project is based on an idea that Lee and Martin brought to the writer.

Lee and Martin, who was an associate producer on "Almost Famous," in which Lee appeared as a rocker, hope to produce the film in May, during Lee's "Earl" hiatus.

Sarah Schechter oversees for Warners.

Lee stars weekly as Earl Hickey on NBC's "Earl," on which he also is a producer. The role earned him a Golden Globe nomination last year.

He next lends his voice to the title character of "Underdog" in Spyglass and Walt Disney Pictures' live-action remake of the animated classic. His credits include voicing the villain Syndrome in Pixar and Disney's "The Incredibles" as well as "Vanilla Sky" and the Kevin Smith movies "Dogma," "Chasing Amy" and "Mallrats."

Ryznar is writing and producing short films for "The Department of Acceptable Media," VH1's new weekly comedy series based on the Web site Channel101.com, created by Jack Black and writers Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab.

Lee is repped by UTA, Ribisi Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson Teller. Ryznar is repped by UTA and attorney Robert Offer.