‘Helium’ takes Wing

Scribe to pen metaphorical romancer

Warner Bros. Pictures has hired scribe George Wing to pen romantic comedy “Helium” for director David Dobkin and WB-based producer David Heyman (“Harry Potter”).

While inspired by U.K. novelist Tim Earnshaw’s 1997 novel of the same name, “Helium” is only loosely based on the premise of that book.

Plot is about a man who becomes lighter than air when he falls in love. He therefore avoids romance at all costs, but when he does succumb to the charms of a woman, he attempts to discover what it is about l’amour that makes him float about so.

Wing will soon see his first studio feature bow with the Columbia Pictures release “50 First Kisses” — another romantic comedy — helmed by Peter Segal (“Anger Management”) and starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

Having started as a commercial and musicvid helmer, Dobkin just helmed Jackie Chan chopsocky laffer “Shanghai Knights” at Disney. He’s also helmed the 1998 black comedy “Clay Pigeons.”

Dobkins told Daily Variety that the idea of “Helium” appealed to him because “it’s a metaphor, and I like movies in which you can take an internal experience and create an external experience.”

Writers & Artists/Anonymous-repped Wing will turn in his first draft in a couple of months, with Dobkin supervising its development.

Project is being overseen by Warner Bros. senior VP of production Lionel Wigram.

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