'Schooled' lands at DreamWorks

'Semi-Pro' scribe Scot Armstrong to produce

DreamWorks has pre-emptively bought the original comedy pitch "Home Schooled" from screenwriters Mike Arnold and Chris Poole.

Scot Armstrong, the writer of "Semi-Pro" and co-writer of several of Todd Phillips' DreamWorks comedies, will produce through his American Work label with development executive Ravi Nandan. Holly Bario will shepherd for the studio.

"Home Schooled" tells the story of a 30-year-old man who was home schooled and is now heading off to college.

Arnold and Poole, repped by CAA and Principato Young Management, have managed to maintain a perfect record with sales of original ideas during the past two years. The lawyers-turned-scribes write long distance via video-conferencing software Skype every night between Boulder, Colo., (Arnold) and Chattanooga, Tenn. (Poole).

They first gained traction off their comedy spec "The Grackle," which appeared on the unofficial Black List of the year's "most liked" reads in 2006. New Line picked up that script and hopes to begin shooting early next year with Matthew McConaughey starring.

Fox Atomic purchased their follow-up, "Captain Awesome," in late 2006. (Arnold and Poole also are writing "The Litigator" for the studio as part of a blind script deal.) A few months ago, the duo sold the original screenplay "Beaujolais" to Fox, which the Farrelly brothers will produce through their Conundrum banner. Danny McBride is attached to star.

Armstrong, also repped by CAA, has set up the additional American Work projects "Multiple Mary" at New Line, which he co-wrote and will direct, and "Will," written by "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" fixture Demetri Martin, at DreamWorks, which he will produce with Nandan.

Jay A. Fernandez reported from Los Angeles; Gregg Goldstein reported from New York. Borys Kit in Los Angeles contributed to this report.