'Wishbones' on Warner Independent plate


NEW YORK -- Warner Independent Pictures is set to bring Tom Perrotta's offbeat romantic comedy novel "The Wishbones" to the screen with "Little Miss Sunshine" producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa.

WIP optioned the rights to Perrotta's script, which follows a 30-year-old failed musician living with his parents in New Jersey. On the eve of marrying a longtime girlfriend, he begins an affair with a bohemian poet from Manhattan who makes him question his life and future.

ChickFlicks' Sara Risher will executive produce, and WIP vp production Lauren Craniotes will oversee for the studio.

Berger and Yerxa heard Perrotta do a reading of his 1997 debut novel "Wishbones" more than a decade ago, but when he wasn't ready to pass along the work-in-progress, he handed them what would become Alexander Payne's "Election." The pair later hired Perrotta to adapt his novel "Little Children" with Todd Field, which landed them an Oscar nom.

"Wishbones" initially was sold to Fox, then brought to New Line in 2000, where Perrotta adapted it before it was put into turnaround. Berger and Yerxa now are scouting for a director to update the script with Perrotta.

"Tom is our closest creative collaborator," Yerxa said.

The pair now are working with WIP and their "Sunshine" helmers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris to adapt another Perrotta novel, "The Abstinence Teacher," to be followed by their WIP adaptation of Charles Bock's Vegas novel "Beautiful Children."