'I Love You, Man' director inks first-look deal with studio

John Hamburg has signed a two-year first-look deal with DreamWorks, bringing him back to the studio where he co-wrote, produced and directed “I Love You, Man.”

Deal, announced Tuesday by co-production presidents Holly Bario and Mark Sourian, gives DreamWorks first look at Hamburg’s projects as a writer, director and/or producer. He’s currently producing “The Defenders” for the studio with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

Hamburg has longtime ties to DreamWorks co-chair and CEO Stacey Snider, with whom he worked on a number of projects at Universal (Bario also worked at U).

“John is a triple threat: writer, director and producer. He has a unique voice and can go from idea to movie all on his own,” Snider said, noting that she’s teamed with Hamburg on “Along Came Polly,” “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers.”

Hamburg’s writing credits include “Zoolander,” “Along Came Polly” and “Safe Men,” the latter two of which he also directed. He most recently co-wrote and produced “Little Fockers.”

DreamWorks has term deals with Kurtzman and Orci through their K.O. Paper Prods., Steven Zaillian through his Film Rites banner and Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald via their eponymous shingle.

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