WB saddles up for 'Stallions'


Warner Bros. has lassoed "Stallions," a comedy spec from reality TV producers Steve Sobel and Alan Wieder, who are making their first foray into feature film. Principato-Young principals Peter Principato and Paul Young are producing.

"Stallions" tackles 21st century fatherhood through the eyes of four longtime buddies. Three of the friends, all with new babies, struggle with the pressures of being a modern dad: lack of sex, annoying in-laws, changes of lifestyle and identity. Meanwhile, their womanizing bachelor friend, envious of his pals' seemingly more meaningful lives, comes down with an unlikely case of baby fever. The studio is looking at it as a raunchy R-rated comedy.

Sobel and Wieder hail from the world of reality television, where they served as segment producers on "Temptation Island" and as co-producers on "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance" and "My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss." Principato-Young noticed their skills in comedy and pushed them into writing the spec, helping to develop it along the way. The sale marks a triumph for writer-producers of reality shows, who generally have a tough time transitioning to scripted fare, let alone the feature world.

Greg Silverman and Jesse Ehrman overseeing for Warners.

Principato-Young has a busy fall lined up, with several projects expected to go before cameras. The company is producing "Space Invader" at Fox Atomic with Will Arnett starring, and "The Bender" at New Line with Frank Coraci directing. The company also is producing "The Way Back" at Fox Searchlight and "Me Time" at Fox with Jim Carrey set to star.

Principato-Young also has two comedies on the air, "Reno 911!" on Comedy Central and "Hollywood Residential" on Starz.

In addition to his duties as a producer, Sobel also works oncamera and is a co-host on "Reality Remix" on Fox Reality. Wieder is the author of "Year of the Cock," a forthcoming memoir from Grand Central Publishing (previously Warner Books). Sobel and Wieder are repped by ICM and Principato-Young.