Hard to believe that raucous rascal Jack Black and slob-com director Todd Phillips never hooked up before, but it looks like they're about to remedy that oversight. The WB project is called Man-Witch, and I guarantee it'll have at least one joke about manwiches. Here's how Variety describes the premise: "Black will play a schoolteacher who suddenly discovers he has witchlike abilities. Taken in by a coven, he is persuaded to attend a school for witches, only to discover that his classmates are all girls."

See, now that's inspired. They could have just stopped with "man-witch," but they had to go the extra mile and include the fish-out-of-water AND gender-alienation gags in there too! Raise your hand if you think Mr. Black will have to cross-dress and try to pass as a woman at least once. Ugh. Newcomer screenwriter Jay Reiss will be penning the thing, and he'll be working from a pitch by Josh Stolberg (Kids in America) and first-timer Bob Florsheim.

Hmm, the director of Starsky & Hutch and School for Scoundrels, a bunch of inexperienced writers, and the sometimes-great, sometimes-painful Jack Black -- who really hasn't delivered a whole lot since School of Rock. Combine all that with a premise that sounds like it fell out of a Fox Family Channel Original, and I think I'll be passing on this one. Unless the trailer's really funny.
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