EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has acquired a pitch inspired by the Ellen Shanman novel Everything Nice that will be written by Karen Croner as a potential star vehicle for Charlize Theron. Theron will produce with her Denver And Delilah Films partners Beth Kono and A.J. Dix. They acquired the material themselves from the author’s Anonymous Content rep Rosalie Swedlin and attached Croner to write before making the Universal deal. Croner scripted Admission, the Tina Fey-Paul Rudd comedy released last year by Universal. This marks the latest in a burgeoning relationship between Theron and Universal. Denver And Delilah is separately developing Agent 13 at Universal, and Theron stars in the upcoming Seth MacFarlane-directed A Million Ways To Die In The West.
The hope is for her to play Michaela, an advertising exec who gets fired and takes on the only job she can get, teaching life skills to teenage girls at a public school. Lacking in the basic social skills herself, she tries her best to school her pupils in what they’ll need to know in order to survive. Theron’s repped by WME, Croner by WME and attorney Alan Wertheimer.