Tillman, Teitel acquire rights to 'Comics' book

State Street Pictures partners George Tillman and Bob Teitel have acquired screen rights for “I Saw You: Comics Inspired by Real-Life Missed Connections,” Julia Wertz’s book about nearly missed romantic connections posted on Craigslist.

Tillman (“Notorious”) will direct and Teitel will produce a romantic comedy focused on turning around a missed opportunity to begin a life-changing relationship.

Teitel said there has been an explosion since 2000 in online ads that begin with “I Saw You …” in which participants write of seeing someone alluring but are unable to summon the guts to connect with them. Craigslist turned the postings into a running section.

State Street will get a script and put together a package before going to studios and financiers.

“I’m fascinated with the concept of people who feel they missed something great because they didn’t have the courage to speak up,” Tillman said. Tillman next directs the Dwayne Johnson starrer “Faster,” a pic financed by CBS and Sony’s Worldwide Acquisitions Group. Teitel will produce with Castle Rock. State Street is separately mobilizing the Untitled Bobby Martinez Project at Participant.

Matt Prizker, Rene Rigal and the author will be executive producers.

“I Saw You” was published by the Random House imprint Three Rivers Press.

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