Warner Bros. has acquired Dan Goor's action comedy spec script "El Presidente," the studio has confirmed to TheWrap.
The story follows an overly-committed Secret Service agent who is assigned to guard the country's worst former president, a bumbling sleaze. It's a mundane and boring job — until there's a threat made on the ex-president's life, forcing the duo to go on the run together.
While there are no producers or actors attached to the project yet, Deal Central has heard rumblings that a major A-list movie star is circling the role of the Secret Service agent, and that the studio would like one his Oscar-winning former co-stars (last seen in a WB movie) to play the ex-president.
Goor has written for fellow Harvard grad Conan O'Brien and Jon Stewart, and was a writer/producer on NBC's "Parks and Recreation" last season (when the series hit its comedic stride), so clearly he has a great sense of humor and knows what's funny.
According to It's On the Grid, WB made a preemptive purchase of the promising property several weeks ago in an impressive deal negotiated by Goor's representation at UTA.
Jesse Ehrman is the creative executive who will oversee the development of the project for Warner Bros.
The studio has been on a serious shopping spree lately, picking up Daniel Sussman's original screenplay "Galveston," Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer's action spec "Family Getaway," Peter O'Brien's action-thriller "Unlocked," Greg Hurwitz's sci-fi spec "Expulsion" and Jonas Cuaron's untitled pitch for a gritty thriller set in Mexico City.