I'm not sure I would want to sign on to a movie called Kicked, Bitten and Scratched, but apparently Naomi Watts really took to the material (perhaps because she spent so much time being man-handled by a giant ape). The King Kong actress has signed on to star in an adaptation of Amy Sutherland's Kicked, Bitten and Scratched: Life and Lessons and the World's Premiere School for Exotic Animal Trailers. Todd Louiso and Jacob Koskoff are penning the script, while Kristin Hahn, Dana Adam Shapiro and David Rubin will produce.
Developed as a romantic comedy, pic will follow Watts' character as she spends time in a teaching zoo, where students learn how to carefully handle animals such as baboons, cougars, wolves, snakes, rats and Jack Blacks. Wait, scratch that last one -- Jack Black hasn't signed on to this one. In fact, there's no handsome animal-loving male lead yet, but I'm sure one will be hand-picked from the Hollywood jungle sometime soon. I assume the romantic comedy angle will revolve around how easy it is for humans to communicate with animals, but not with each other. Louiso and Koskoff co-wrote The Marc Pease Experiment (which Louiso is also helming), starring Ben Stiller and Jason Schwartzman; he's also starred as the "somewhat pathetic guy" in a slew of movies including High Fidelity and Jerry Maguire. As of now, there's no word on a director.