'Jewtopia' duo find 'Religion'


NEW YORK -- The crew behind the stage show "Jewtopia" is heading from the boards to the big screen. Producer Tucker Tooley has optioned a screenplay loosely based on the long-running interfaith marriage comedy, with the play's co-creators and lead actors, Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson, attached to write and star in the film.

The script, titled "Chris O'Connell and Adam Lipschitz Lose Their Religion," follows a pair of childhood friends who reunite in their 30s and try to help each other find soul mates. Trouble erupts when they fall for women of different faiths, to the inevitable chagrin of their families.

Director Andy Fickman ("She's the Man"), who helmed the play during its 2003 Los Angeles premiere, is attached as executive producer. Principal photography is expected to begin in February.

"Our mothers nearly flipped their lids when they heard that we were taking the concept of 'Jewtopia' to the big screen," Wolfson said. "Before we created what is now one of the longest-running off-Broadway plays in history, we were just two actors trying to break through in Hollywood, so this film is a huge next step for us."

Fogel and Wolfson are repped by CAA.