Alum to pen new comedy for Mandate Pictures

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Carrie Sheffield

June 08, 2010

Variety magazine reported May 11 that Harris Wittels ’06 has signed on to pen a screenplay acquired by Mandate Pictures (the same company that produced Juno) for a yet-to-be-titled comedy starring Aziz Ansari and Danny McBride.

The comedy was pitched to Mandate Pictures by Ansari and 30 Rock scribe Matt Hubbard. Wittels writes for NBC’s Parks and Recreation on which Ansari plays Tom Haverford, the self-serving colleague of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler).

McBride will also produce the film alongside Rough House principals David Gordon Green, Jody Hill, and Matt Reilly. Ansari and Mandate’s Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

Wittels has also written for Live at Gotham, Secret Girlfriend, The Sarah Silverman Program, the 2008 American Music Awards, and the 2008 MTV Movie Awards.