U’s ‘Brides’ pairing up

Banks, Grazioso to pen Liu starrer 'Beautiful'

“Beautiful Asian Brides,” a long-gestating project at Universal that is being developed as a starring vehicle for Lucy Liu, has picked up heat with the hiring of writers Steven Gary Banks and Claudia Grazioso (“Are We There Yet?”).

Pic is also now being produced by Brian Grazer via his and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment shingle.

Based on an original idea by Les Firestein and P.J. Pesce, “Beautiful Asian Brides” was originally set up at Jersey Films but languished when that shingle broke up.

Comedy concerns a man wrongly accused of murder who goes undercover as a mail-order bride in an attempt to prove his innocence.

Grazer and Liu will produce.

In addition to co-writing Revolution’s Ice Cube comedy “Are We There Yet?,” Banks and Grazioso are exec producing “Women in Law,” a pilot for ABC that they wrote.

Imagine produced “Inside Man,” starring Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster and Clive Owen, which was No. 1 at the box office last weekend, opening at $29 million. Shingle is also producing Sony’s “The Da Vinci Code,” which Howard is directing.