Writer’s Block: Abdul, Party, Morgan

“Writer-director Karey Kirkpatrick (“Over the Hedge,” “The Spiderwick Chronicles”) has inked a two-year, first-look production deal with Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films under his newly formed Blue Shirt Prods. label. Kirkpatrick will focus on providing live-action family fare. First up is the family action-comedy “Captain Abdul’s Pirate School,” based on a book by Colin McNaughton…” (full details)

“Regency Enterprises has acquired Matt Olson’s comedy spec “The Bachelorette Party” as a starring vehicle for Leslie Bibb (“Talladega Nights”). Based on Karen McCullah Lutz’s new novel, it follows a Los Angeles bachelorette party gone awry. Bibb has also just joined the cast of “Iron Man” as a fast-talking reporter…” (full details)

“Universal Pictures has pre-emptively purchased an untitled adventure pitch from scribe Chris Morgan (“Wanted,” “Cellular,” “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”). Morgan has also been tapped to write a fourth installment of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise…” (full details)