WB scales down for ‘Eve’

Part of new trend toward smaller pix

Warner Bros. has written a low-six-figure check to option the Lois Duncan novel “Daughters of Eve” for Joel Silver to produce, with rookie scribe Carla Lane attached to adapt the screenplay, according to sources close to the project.

The modest deal, perhaps unusual for major WB producer such as Silver, can be seen as an example of the sort of less expen-sive films that Warners production chiefs recently said will appear in increasing numbers on the studio’s annual slate.

Duncan is the author of the novel that was the basis for Mandalay’s teen-horror hit, “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”

“Daughters of Eve” is about a group of high school girls in a small New England town who band together to exact revenge from other students they think have wronged them. A new art teacher in school encourages the girls in their vendettas.

Lane is a 1997 graduate of the Disney Screenwriters Fellowship program. No other elements are yet attached to the “Eve” project.

Jennifer Gwartz, senior VP of production at Silver Pictures, brought the project into Jeff Robinov at WB.

Lane’s deal was brokered by her agent Sara Bottfeld, of the William Morris Agency. Her manager is Paul Young.