According to Variety, Seth Bass and Jonathan Tolins have sold their pitch The McCrearys, based on a segment from NPR's "This American Life," to DreamWorks. Bob Cooper's Landscape Entertainment is producing.

The McCrearys was optioned by Cooper prior to the first-look deal that "This American Life," owned jointly by Chicago public radio station WBEZ-FM and host Ira Glass, pacted with Warner Bros. in 2002.

The pic, based on a true story, is about a brother and sister who, trying to escape the clutches of their overbearing mother, invent a family. The web of lies they spin becomes so complex that this invented family starts to take on a life of its own.

Bass and Tolins wrote Martian Child, starring John Cusack, which is shooting at New Line. They also wrote the original script to American Neurotic, a Jim Carrey vehicle at Sony.