According to Variety, Warner Bros. has bought screen rights to Judy Bachrach's article U Want Me 2 Kill Him? which appeared in the February edition of Vanity Fair. Bryan Singer will develop and direct the film.

The tale chronicled a bizarre Internet relationship between a 14-year-old loner with a vivid imagination and the 16-year-old with whom he corresponded. The younger boy wound up being stabbed twice and nearly killed by the older boy. The twisted saga left one charged as the co-conspirator in a murder attempt -- his own.

The article supplies a template for the kind of character manipulation that Singer showcased in his films The Usual Suspects and Apt Pupil.

The helmer is prepping WB's Superman for a March shoot. Singer is also attached to direct a remake of Logan's Run for WB and producer Joel Silver.