'Oranges' has appeal for Bregman, scribes


Producer Anthony Bregman is teaming with comic writers Jay Reiss and Ian Helfer for the comedic drama "Oranges."

The project, which several directors are circling, focuses on a man who has a romantic relationship with the daughter of a family friend, turning the lives of the man and the family upside down. Bregman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") will produce via his A Likely Story banner.

One person familiar with the project called it " 'American Beauty' if 'American Beauty' had more comedy."

Financing is being finalized, with A Likely Story in negotiations with Media Rights Capital as well as other entities to fund the film.

The CAA-repped Reiss and the Gersh-repped Helfer have several comic projects in development. Reiss is on tap to write "Man-Witch" for Todd Phillips and Warner Bros., while Helfer has worked with "Wet Hot American Summer" director David Wain and wrote for John Hamburg's television pilot "Welcome to the Captain."

A Likely Story most recently produced "Synecdoche, New York," Charlie Kaufman's acclaimed directorial debut that opens Friday. (partialdiff)