Warner Bros. is in final negotiations with Ken Kwapis to direct “Everybody Loves Whales,” produced by Steve Golin and Michael Sugar for Anonymous Content.

Studio bought the script, written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, in April. It’s based on the story of three California gray whales found trapped in the Arctic ice in October 1988, when their plight created a media circus in the tiny Alaskan town.

Besides directing “He’s Just Not That Into You” for New Line, Kwapis has also helmed two other projects for Warner Bros. — “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and “License to Wed.”

Kwapis directed the pilot of “The Office,” was nominated for an Emmy for the skein’s third season premiere “Gay Witch Hunt” and and recently directed the series’ 100th episode, “Company Picnic.” He also helmed the pilots of “The Larry Sanders Show” and “Bernie Mac.”