According to Variety, Twentieth Century Fox is in negotiations with helmer Larry Charles to come aboard the Sasha Baron Cohen comedy Borat.

Borat is the savant-like Kazakhstani TV journalist made famous on Cohen's HBO skein, "Da Ali G Show," a reporter whose boorish behavior inevitably results in misunderstandings and occasionally, angry recriminations.

In January, a creative clash between Old School director Todd Philips and the British comic Cohen prompted the director to ankle the documentary-style comedy feature, which had just begun shooting.

In opening footage of the Philips-helmed film, Borat's mangling of the U.S. national anthem at a rodeo in Virginia made headlines for its off-key tone, and for inciting the rodeo crowd by making inflammatory remarks about the war in Iraq.

The doc-style pic would seem a natural fit for Charles: He's written many of the storylines for HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and also served as its exec producer. Charles also directed the Bob Dylan pic, Masked and Anonymous.