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Agresti romances ‘Mare’

'Proof' playwright to pen adaptation

Argentinian helmer Alejandro Agresti (“Valentin”) is coming aboard to direct romantic drama “Il Mare” at Warner Bros.

Pic is an English-language remake of the Korean pic of the same name written by Ji-na Yeo and adapted by Mi-Young Kim.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Auburn (“Proof”) is penning the adaptation, which Vertigo Entertainment’s Doug Davison and Roy Lee are producing. Studio bought the remake rights last year.

Warner Bros. Pictures VP Greg Silverman and creative exec Geoff Shaevitz are overseeing the project’s development.

Love story centers on a woman doctor and an architecture school dropout who live in the same house two years apart and fall in love via letters they exchange through a mailbox that mysteriously bridges time.

Agresti is also directing “One Thing Always,” which Warner Independent Pictures is lining up to finance. Matthew Specktor adapted Shirley Hazzard’s novel “The Transit of Venus.”

Pic has been developed by @radical.media with Jane Long, under option from Universal, which inherited the rights to the book from Polygram.

Auburn is also penning an adaptation of Kevin Brockmeier’s New Yorker story “The Brief History of the Dead” for the studio. Chris Columbus is attached to produce with an eye to direct.

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