Fox 2000 taps helmer for romantic comedy

David O. Russell has signed on to direct the romantic comedy “Aaron and Sarah” for Fox 2000.

“Milk” producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen have come on to produce.

Story centers on a nerdy guy and a popular girl who meet as freshmen and, over four years of high school, four proms and one funeral, become friends and eventually fall in love. Husband-wife team Chad Gomez Creasey and Dara Resnik Creasey penned the screenplay.

Project had been in development at Rogue under its previous title, “B.F.F.,” but Fox 2000 picked it up in turnaround last year.

Beau Bauman and Jesse Israel are producing.

Film, which is described as in a similar vein to John Hughes’ teen comedies, is a departure for Russell, who typically deals with modern existential angst (“I Heart Huckabees,” “Flirting With Disaster”) and politics (“Three Kings,” the upcoming “Nailed”). Last month, Russell attached himself to helm “The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel” for the Weinstein Co. He is also adapting the screenplay, which is based on Matthew Quick’s debut novel.

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