Warner Bros. nabs 'Sterling' comedy

THR EXCLUSIVE

Warner Bros. has picked up "Sterling," a comedy project from writers Mike Bender and Doug Chernack that's being produced by Chuck Roven and Alex Gartner of Atlas Entertainment.

The studio is keeping the logline in the drawer, but it's described as a high-concept action-comedy. Sarah Schechter oversees for the studio.

Bender made a name for himself as a writer on the MTV Movie Awards and with the spoof "Not Another Teen Movie." Bender and Chernack wrote the English-language remake of "Torrente," set up at New Line, and created comedy Web site awkwardfamilyphotos.com. The success of the site led to a book deal, with a tome based on it coming May 4 from Random House.

The duo are repped by WME and Benderspink.

Atlas was one of the companies behind Warner hits "Get Smart" and "The Dark Knight" and has "The Season of the Witch" opening later this year.
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