Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up an original comedy project from Ken Kaufman, with Jay Roach on board to direct, says The Hollywood Reporter. Roach also is producing with his Everyman Pictures partner Jennifer Perini.
The project, described as an off-center comedy and bought as a pitch, follows two party-loving male friends who are as close as brothers. When one of them dies in a fluke accident, the other succumbs to grief, until he meets a stranger who eerily resembles his dead friend, only shorter and nerdier.
He then sets out to corrupt him and refashion him (a la Vertigo) into his lost buddy.