Director Ken Kwapis hunts 'Whales'

Steve Golin, Michael Sugar producing family drama

Ken Kwapis is in final negotiations to direct "Everybody Loves Whales," an environmental family film project being produced by Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Michael Sugar.

The script tells the story of three California Gray Whales that were found trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle in October 1988. The subsequent rescue attempt became a global event as scores of journalists converged on the nearby Eskimo town of Barrow, Alaska, and the U.S. and Soviet governments enjoyed a rare moment of collaboration.

In addition to the rescue attempt, the script by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler centers on a love story between a nonprofit aid worker and a journalist.

Jon Berg and Jesse Ehrman are overseeing for Warner Bros.

Kwapis, repped by UTA and Code Entertainment, last directed "He's Just Not That Into You," the New Line ensemble romantic comedy that grossed almost $94 million. He also directed Alcon's "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," which Warners distributed.

Kwapis made his name in the television world, where he directed the pilot of NBC's "The Office, winning an Emmy for directing the show's third season premiere, "Gay Witch Hunt." He also directed pilots for "The Larry Sanders Show" and "The Bernie Mac Show."