'Harold & Kumar' duo set new project

Hurwitz, Schlossberg to write and direct WB comedy

NEW YORK -- The creators of the "Harold & Kumar" franchise have smoked out a new project.

Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who wrote "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" and wrote and directed "Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay," will write and direct " 'Til Beth Do Us Part," a comedy that has been set up at Warner Bros.

Principato Young is producing the feature, which will focus on two twenty¬something males whose friendship is put to the test when one of them becomes engaged.

The movie will share some elements with the stoner franchise for which the writer-directors are known -- most notably, the comedic bond between two young males -- but will be more grounded and contain fewer of its zany flourishes.

The project, which is casting its two male leads, is aiming for a first-quarter shoot. Paul Young and Peter Principato are producing via their banner; Greg Silverman and Jesse Ehrman are overseeing for Warners.

"Beth" is the first post-"Harold & Kumar" film for the CAA-repped Hurwitz and Schlossberg. The pair emerged when "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" became a crossover hit for New Line in 2004, and they are now signed on to write the third movie in the franchise with an option to direct.

Principato Young is producing the coming-of-age dramedy "The Way Back" for Mandate and the suburban tale "The Joneses," which will star David Duchovny and Demi Moore.