Two scribes tapped for 'Girls'

Ben Karlin, Stu Zicherman to adapt fourth-grader's book

Writers Ben Karlin and Stu Zicherman have been hired to translate a 9-year-old boy's musings on seduction.

Fox picked up film rights in December to "How to Talk to Girls," a self-help book written by fourth-grader Alex Greven. Karlin and Zicherman, who paired up to write the spec "A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce)," will adapt a feature screenplay from Greven's extensive experience on the playa-ground. 21 Laps is producing.

Greven was selling his handwritten pamphlet at his school book fair before HarperCollins published it in November. The youngster apparently was trying to give his peers some tips on communicating with their fairer schoolmates beyond pulling hair and kicking shins.

Karlin, who is repped by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment, has been a writer and executive producer on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report." He has an overall deal at HBO, where he is developing "Women's Studies" and the Untitled Adam Resnick Project.

The WMA-repped Zicherman was a co-writer/creator of ABC's "Six Degrees," and he co-wrote the feature "Elektra."
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