Into deeper Watters

Warners, Kidd prep 'Urban' rituals for bigscreen

Warner Bros. has optioned the Ethan Watters book “Urban Tribes” and will use it as the template for a drama to be directed by “Roger Dodger” helmer Dylan Kidd.

Kidd will write the script with Ira Glass, host of NPR’s “This American Life,” who made a producing deal with the studio several years ago for films that grew out of show topics. Glass will produce with Kidd and Anne Chaisson.

Book is a sociological examination of the proliferation of affluent people between 25 and 39 who don’t get married, instead forming friendships that take the place of traditional families. In the pic, a man attempts to subvert his girlfriend’s desire to settle down by “discovering” this urban tribes trend and declaring it the new, hip alternative to commitment. She accompanies him on a research trip, bent on proving that his discovery is idiotic and he should marry her.

Kidd most recently directed the Laura Linney-Topher Grace pic “P.S.” WMA made the deal.

It is the second project in a week generated by WB’s stepped-up presence in New York with execs Alissa Shipp and Kevin McCormick and consultant Maria Campbell. With producer Paula Weinstein, WB’s Gotham office also this week got “The Door in the Floor” helmer Tod Williams aboard an adaptation of the Norman Maclean book “Young Men and Fire.”

McCormick, who makes several trips to New York each month since WB decided to mine Gotham talent more aggressively, has worked with Shipp to make a blind script deal with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the playwright in resident at Second Stage in Manhattan who also writes superhero stories for Marvel Comics.

They just acquired “Lonny the Great,” a comic script by Jay Reiss, a writer and star of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” as well as a comedy pitch about identity theft by Kris Brown, former head writer on “Beavis & Butt-head.” David Miner and Scot Armstrong will produce.

WB also made a script deal with “Saturday Night Live” writer David Iserson, a Tina Fey protege, with Akiva Goldsman’s Weed Road producing.

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