Lori Gottlieb work optioned by Warners

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UPDATED 8:38 p.m. PT April 8, 2008

Warner Independent Pictures has optioned Lori Gottlieb's Atlantic Monthly article "Marry Him! The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough" as well as the rights to her forthcoming book based on the article. Tobey Maguire and his Maguire Entertainment are producing.

Gottlieb, a single mother who conceived her child with donor sperm, suggested in her piece that settling probably will make a woman happier in the long run because many of those who marry with high expectations become more disillusioned with each passing year.

Since hitting newsstands in the March issue, "Marry Him!" has garnered much attention, and Gottlieb -- an NPR commentator and best-selling author of the memoir "Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self" -- found herself on TV's "Today" and "The Colbert Report," on radio's "Talk of the Nation" and "The Tom Leykis Show" and in print in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal.

The book, whose rights were sold to Dutton for the mid-six figures, will be titled "Marry Him: Finding Mr. Real."

Mark Ross is overseeing for Maguire Entertainment; creative executive Richard Goldhe is overseeing for WIP.

As a producer, Maguire has been on a tear, with "Marry" the third deal he's made in the past two weeks. His shingle has "The Hungry Rabbit Jumps," a spec script by Robert Tannen, set up at Endgame, and comic book adaptation "Afterburn," which is being produced by Neal Moritz for Relativity Media.

Maguire next stars in Jim Sheridan's "Brothers" with Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman.

Gottlieb is repped by the Kaplan-Stahler-Gumer-Braun Agency.

Borys Kit reported from Los Angeles; Gregg Goldstein reported from New York.
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