Ken Kwapis Loves “Whales” Story

Ken Kwapis (“He’s Just Not That Into You,” “License to Wed” is in final negotiations to direct “Everybody Loves Whales” for Warner Bros. Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

Jack Amiel and Michael Begler’s script centers on a love story between a nonprofit aid worker and a journalist set against the story of three California Gray Whales that were found trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle in October 1988.

The subsequent rescue attempt became a global event as scores of journalists converged on the nearby Eskimo town of Barrow, Alaska, and the U.S. and Soviet governments enjoyed a rare moment of collaboration.

Steve Golin and Michael Sugar will produce.