Armstrong script loosely inspired by 1972 Simon pic

Barry Sonnenfeld has fallen for DreamWorks’ “The Heartbreak Kid” and is closing a deal to direct the film.

The romantic comedy is a loosely inspired remake of the 1972 pic, written by Neil Simon and directed by Elaine May.

Story is about a man who hastily weds a local girl whom he thinks is perfect — until he falls in love with another girl during the honeymoon.

Script was written by Scot Armstrong (“Old School”), with most recent drafts by Armstrong and Leslie Dixon (“Freaky Friday”).

Radar Pictures founder Ted Field is exec producing the pic with John Davis. Radar is producing, and DreamWorks is providing financing and domestic distribution. Foreign rights have not yet been hammered out.

Marc Haimes is overseeing the pic at the studio.

Sonnenfeld is a producer on the Joel & Ethan Coen film “The Ladykillers,” and directed “Men in Black 2″ for Sony.

His upcoming projects include producing and directing the comedy “A New Leaf” for Paramount, which stars Joan Cusack and Kevin Kline; and directing “Angry White Men” for Warner Bros.

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