Testify: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scribe Howard Franklin has been tapped to pen the urban comedy Testify for Bob Cooper's Landscape Entertainment and New Line Cinema.

Testify centers on Billy Robinson, a young man who still lives with his parents in Trenton, N.J., but dreams of being Testify, a famous rap singer with his own record label, clothing line and soft drink. Problems arise when his responsibilities of being an imaginary icon get in the way of his real life.

The project was brought to New Line by senior vp Kent Alterman, who will oversee the project with vp production Michele Weiss. "Urban comedies have proven to be extremely popular with audiences and have been tremendous moneymakers over the past couple of years," Cooper said. "We feel we have the ideal project in 'Testify' and are working with a terrific talent in Howard Franklin."

Also at New Line, Landscape has "Leisureworld," being rewritten by Casey McCabe; "The Salesman," being written by Dana Gould and starring Will Ferrell; "I Know That You Know That I Know," being written by Harley Peyton and starring Jim Carrey; "Lowest Common Denominator," being written by Scot Armstrong; and "Mr. Woodcock," written by Michael Carnes and Josh Gilbert.

Brian B.