DreamWorks nabs 'I Saw You' pitch

Andrea McCloud's project is based on a comics anthology

In a competitive-bidding environment, DreamWorks Studios has picked up a pitch from screenwriter Andrea McCloud titled "I Saw You."

Based on a comics anthology edited by Julia Wertz, the pitch revolves around four intersecting love stories derived from missed-connections ads. George Tillman Jr. is attached to direct and produce through his State Street Pictures with Robert Teitel. Wertz also will produce.

The pitch sale was in the mid-six figures.

Wertz's "I Saw You ..." collected comics based on real-life missed-connection ads on Craigslist and in local papers. Random House's Three Rivers Press imprint published the trade paperback in February.

The ensemble romantic comedy has become a subgenre unto itself of late, with such films as "Love Actually," "He's Just Not That Into You" and the forthcoming "Valentine's Day" using the intertwining-story format.

As it moves back into production, the newly independent DreamWorks is fashioning several potential comedy projects. The studio has in development Chris McCoy's untitled college-set comedy; Mike Culbert and Mike Pellettieri's workplace comedy "Forever 21," with Elizabeth Banks attached to star; Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley's comedy about a stranded reality TV star, "Cal of the Wild"; and Michael Besman, Michael Zam and Jaffe Cohen's action comedy "Wife vs. Ninja."

McCloud, a relative newcomer who is repped by WME and Energy Entertainment, is writing "Cover Your Assets" for Lionsgate. As a UCLA student, McCloud took honorable mention in the Samuel Goldwyn Awards for her script "Room for Error."

The CAA-repped Tillman directed "Notorious," "Men of Honor" and "Soul Food."