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‘Man-Witch’ appetite

Duo's comedy pitch casts a spell on Warners

In a deal worth $750,000 against $1.5 million, Warner Bros. has purchased “Man-Witch,” a comedy pitch to be written by Josh Stolberg and Bobby Florsheim. Original Films’ Neal Moritz will produce and Ori Marmur exec produce.

Pic is about a male schoolteacher who abruptly discovers he’s got witchlike abilities that lead him to be taken in by a coven of real witches. They send him to “witch school,” where he is the lone adult male, surrounded mostly by little girl witches-in-training.

WB’s Courtenay Valenti, who mobilized the purchase as other studios were circling, will oversee the pic.

The scripting duo wrote “The Last Rites of Steve Guttenberg,” a broad comedy that didn’t get made but caught the industry’s attention. They followed with a Columbia Pictures deal for $1.5 million against $2.5 million on “The Passion of the Ark,” a high-concept spec about a Seattle widower who readies a ship for the proverbial apocalyptic flood. Duo also wrote “Speed Dating” for director Luke Greenfield at Regency and Fox.

Stolberg wrote “Good Luck Chuck” for New Line, and has directed “Kids in America” and “Life Coach — The Movie.”

Florsheim wrote “Icemen” and “The Meddlers” for WB, and he is developing “Bedlam” at Crusader and “Crasher” at Fox.