Wilson beats path to 'Rocker'


Rainn Wilson is in negotiations to topline "The Rocker" for Fox Atomic. Peter Cattaneo will direct the music-themed comedy, which is being produced by Shawn Levy's 21 Laps.

The story centers on a failed drummer (Wilson) who gets a second chance at fame 20 years after being booted out of his uberfamous band. Ryan Jaffe wrote the screenplay, with Wallace Wolodarsky and Maya Forbes penning the most recent draft.

Shooting begins next month in Toronto.

Levy is producing alongside 21 Laps' Tom McNulty; 20th Century Fox will distribute.

Fox's Debbie Liebling is shepherding the project for the studio.

Wilson has become an in-demand comic actor for playing the sycophantic underling Dwight Schrute on NBC's "The Office." The actor is attached to star in "Kanan Rhodes: Unkillable Servant of Justice," which he wrote with helmer Bob Odenkirk. He is repped by WMA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.

Cattaneo is best known for the international comedy hit "The Full Monty." He is repped by UTA, ICM London and attorney Carlos Goodman. Wolodarsky and Forbes are repped by ICM.