Warner Bros. has bought screen rights to Judy Bachrach’s article “U Want Me 2 Kill Him?” which appeared in the February edition of Vanity Fair. Bryan Singer will develop and direct the film.
Tale chronicled a bizarre Internet relationship between a 14-year-old loner with a vivid imagination and the 16-year-old with whom he corresponded. The younger boy wound up being stabbed twice and nearly killed by the older boy. The twisted saga left one charged as the co-conspirator in a murder attempt — his own.
Polly Cohen will supervise the project for the studio. Bachrach will work as a consultant.
The article supplies a template for the kind of character manipulation that Singer showcased in his films “The Usual Suspects” and “Apt Pupil.”
The helmer is prepping WB’s “Superman” for a March shoot. Singer is also attached to direct a remake of “Logan’s Run” for WB and producer Joel Silver.
WMA packaged the deal.