According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jerry Weintraub Prods. has hired first-time screenwriter Don Handfield to pen the comedy spec Genius.

The story is described as a high-concept comedy set in the world of academia. Handfield is a graduate of the IFP Director's Lab, where he developed and shot scenes for another feature script, Hello My Name Is Jason Scott which he is set to direct in the fall for Tonic Films, with Tim and Tony Bui producing.