Helmer in ‘Big House’

Moritz will produce WB's family crime laffer

Tom Dey is attached to direct “The Big House” for Warner Bros., with Neil Moritz to produce through his Original Film shingle.

Elizabeth Kruger and Craig Shapiro are signed on to write the script, based on an original pitch.

In the family comedy, a hard-working family man’s life improves when he’s accused of a white-collar crime on the job.

Original’s Moritz and Ori Marmur are producing.

Production VP Jeff Clifford and creative exec Geoff Schaevitz are overseeing the film for Warner.

Dey, whose credits include Disney’s “Shanghai Noon,” is also directing Paramount’s “Failure to Launch,” a romantic comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew McConaughey.

Kruger and Shapiro are adapting “Little Earthquakes,” based on the book by Jennifer Weiner, for Universal and Double Feature Films. Duo is also adapting Caprice Crane’s novel “Forget About It” for New Line, Kustom Entertainment and Cherry Road Films.

Moritz produced Sony’s summer actioner “Stealth,” due out later this month from director Rob Cohen. He’s also in production on Sony’s “Grid Iron Gang,” starring Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson and directed by Phil Joanou.

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