Rogen faces 'Cancer' with Mandate, Reiser


Is the world ready for a cancer comedy? Seth Rogen and Mandate Pictures think so.

Mandate has picked up "I'm With Cancer," a comedic autobiographical spec written by Will Reiser that Rogen will produce with his writing-producing partner Evan Goldberg and Ben Karlin ("The Daily Show With Jon Stewart").

Rogen also will have a supporting role in the film.

"Cancer" is Reiser's account of his struggle to beat cancer, with the story centering on a 25-year-old who finds out he has the disease. Reiser was a producer and field producer on HBO's "Da Ali G Show" and VH1's "Best Week Ever." He works with Karlin at Super Ego Industries, the HBO-based shingle that Karlin set up in 2007. Reiser also will exec produce "Cancer."

Nathan Kahane and Tendo Nagenda will oversee the project for Mandate, which is fast-tracking the project and hopes to go out to directors this month.

"Cancer" reteams Rogen and Goldberg with Mandate, for whom they are writing and producing the end-of-the-world comedy "Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse." (Rogen also is attached to star in the project, which continues Mandate's push into comedy after the massive success of "Juno.") The duo are working on Sony's "The Green Hornet" remake that will star Rogen and which Stephen Chow will direct.

Karlin, repped by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment, has won nine Emmys as writer, head writer and exec producer of "The Daily Show" and as a co-creator/executive producer of "The Colbert Report."

Rogen and Goldberg are repped by UTA. Rogen is additionally repped by Principal Entertainment. Reiser is with UTA and Thruline Entertainment. (partialdiff)