Anthony Bregman, scribes in for 'Oranges'

Writers Jay Reiss, Ian Helfer penning comedy

Producer Anthony Bregman is teaming with comic writers Jay Reiss and Ian Helfer for the comedic drama "Oranges."

The project, which a number of directors are circling, focuses on a man who has a romantic relationship with the daughter of a family friend, turning the lives of the man and the family upside down. Bregman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") will produce via his A Likely Story banner.

One person familiar with the project called it " 'American Beauty' if 'American Beauty' had more comedy."

Financing is being finalized, with A Likely Story in negotiations with Media Rights Capital as well as several other potential entities to fund the picture.

The CAA-repped Reiss and the Gersh-repped Helfer have a number of comic projects in development. Reiss is on tap to write "Man-Witch" for Todd Phillips and Warner Bros., while Helfer has worked with "Wet Hot American Summer" director David Wain and wrote for John Hamburg's television pilot "Welcome to the Captain."

A Likely Story most recently produced "Synecdoche, New York," Charlie Kaufman's acclaimed directorial debut that opens this weekend. It is also behind Nicole Holofcener's untitled Catherine Keener-starrer about family and real estate for Sony Pictures Classics.
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