Lionsgate befriends scribe Steve Koren

Writer in talks to adapt 'Will You Be My Black Friend?'

Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and Lionsgate are in talks with Steve Koren to adapt “Will You Be My Black Friend?”

Harpo and Lionsgate acquired the feature rights last fall to the 2008 GQ magazine article “Will You Be My Black Friend?,” a humorous account by senior correspondent Devin Friedman about his clumsy attempts to make friends with people of color.

Pic’s being developed as a star vehicle for Chris Rock and will be produced by Winfrey, her Harpo Films president Kate Forte and senior veepee Carla Gardini. Lionsgate holds worldwide distribution on “Will You Be My Black Friend?”

Koren was a producer and writer on “Bruce Almighty” and “Click.” He’s an exec producer on the upcoming Adam Sandler comedy “Grown-Ups.”

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