Mandate Pictures announced today that the company has acquired Bullies, an original idea from Danny McBride (Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express) to be written by Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul (Yes Man) and produced by Rough House Pictures. The comedy about two brothers who have bullied people their whole life and finally get what is coming to them will be produced by Rough House principals Danny McBride, David Gordon Green Green, Jody Hill and Matt Reilly. Mandate President Nathan Kahane will executive produce and Lawrence Grey will oversee the project for Mandate.
Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul, who previously wrote Yes Man, also currently have the comedy Himelfarb in development at Warner Brothers. They recently wrote an animated spec pilot about a precocious little boy and his unique family called Allen Gregory for Fox TV which they co-created with Jonah Hill, and was picked up by the Fox Network. The show is being produced through 20th Century Fox with Chernin Entertainment producing as well.
Danny McBride stars alongside James Franco and Natalie Portman in David Gordon Green's film Your Highness, which is slated for an April 2011 release by Universal Pictures. McBride is currently in production on the second season of HBO's Eastbound & Down, which he and Jody Hill co-created, co-write and produce together. Jody Hill directed the pilot and final episode of the first season. David Gordon Green has also directed episodes. Danny McBride recently co-starred in Jason Reitman's Academy Award nominated film Up in the Air. He has appeared in other major theatrical comedies including Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express, and The Foot Fist Way.