According to Variety, Universal Pictures has acquired rights to the Jon Ronson book "Them," which will be used as the basis for a Mike White script to be directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead). Jack Black and White will produce under their U-based Black and White banner along with Wright and Nira Park.

The book, an exploration of extremists, is described as a conspiracy comedy about one woman's journey to unmask the secret rulers of the world. White and Wright are using elements of it to hatch the story White will write.

U president of production Donna Langley is overseeing the pic with veep of production Damien Saccani.

White, who last scripted "The School of Rock," is working on Nacho Libre, a comedy that stars his partner, Black, as a priest who moonlights as a wrestler to save an orphanage. Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) is directing. White wrote the script with Hess and his wife, Jerusha Hess.