'Stand-In' is a shoo-in at WIP


Warner Independent Pictures has acquired the rights to Steve Bloom's original screenplay "The Stand-In."

The story centers on a working-class high school senior who earns money for college by escorting wealthy girls to formal high school functions.

Blumhouse Prods.' Jason Blum and Tracy Underwood are producing. WIP's Paul Federbush and Carl Hampe brought the screenplay to the studio.

" 'Stand-In' is a great high-concept teen comedy with enormous crossover potential," Blum said. "I haven't been a teenager in 20 years, and I'd go see it."

This is Bloom's third project in development. Last year, he sold "Sisters of Mercy" to Sony with Overbrook's Will Smith, James Lassiter and Alex Siskin producing. Smith might star in the film.

Bloom also is rewriting "A Smile as Big as the Moon" for Gold Circle and Thunder Road Prods. Stephen Herek ("The Mighty Ducks") is set to direct, with Basil Iwanyk and Mary Viola producing for Thunder Road.

Blumhouse is in postproduction on "Accidental Husband," starring Uma Thurman and Colin Firth.

Bloom is repped by Original Artists, manager Peter Meyer at Meyer Management and attorney Gregg Gellman at Barnes Morris Klein Mark Yorn Barnes & Levine in Los Angeles.