DreamWorks adopts ‘Baby’

Silberling taking helm; Johnson producing

NEW YORK — Brad Silberling, who last directed the Warner Bros. hit “City of Angels,” will make his next directing effort “Baby’s in Black” for DreamWorks and producer Mark Johnson. The project is based on Silberling’s script.

After Steven Spielberg gave Silberling his first shot at directing with “Casper” for Amblin, Silberling brought the romantic drama to Amblin and DreamWorks preempted it as a spec purchase. DreamWorks then signed Silberling to direct with an eye toward a February 1999 start date.

The film fits squarely into the bittersweet themes of romance and mortality evident in the Nicolas Cage-Meg Ryan hit “City of Angels.”

“Baby’s in Black” follows the conflicted romance of a young man who, while grieving the death of his fiancee and seeking consolation under her family’s roof in a small northeastern town, suddenly finds himself falling in love. The woman is something of a kindred spirit because she, too, is having trouble letting go of a mate who is believed to be dead.

Silberling was repped by Endeavor and attorney Steve Warren of Hansen Jacobson Teller & Hoberman.

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