You got to love it when Hollywood pretends they are in the CIA. Just yesterday, Jonah Hill and writing partners Max Winkler and Matthew Spicer turned over a super-secret script that only Hollywood’s top studio heads were allowed to read. The high-profile spec is called The Adventurer’s Handbook and centers on four 20-something guys who, inspired by a book of the same name, set out overseas in search of a mysterious location described in the book. The script was sent over on red, watermarked paper so it couldn’t be photocopied. Multiple studios were interested in the project described as an edgy, broad comedy.
It looks like the uber-tight security measures worked: Two sources say Universal Pictures bought it for seven figures, but the studio has yet to confirm, and Hill’s rep says the deal is not yet done. It will be interesting to see if the project, which in script form looks R-rated, will ever make it to the theaters.
UPDATE: Universal now confirms that Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman are attached to star in The Adventurer’s Handbook, which, the studio says, is inspired by the book by Mick Conefrey. Akiva Schaffer (Hot Rod) is in negotiations to direct.