Warner Independent Pictures (WiP) has signed a two-year first look deal with Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa's Bona Fide Productions.

Berger and Yerxa are preparing an adaptation of The Abstinence Teacher for the studio, with Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris set to direct in their follow-up to Little Miss Sunshine.

Tom Perrotta, whose previous novels include Election and Little Children, will adapt the screenplay to his upcoming book.

Bona Fide was founded in 1993 and most recently produced Little Miss Sunshine and Little Children. Its earlier producing credits include Bee Season, The Ice Harvest, Cold Mountain, Election, The Wood and King Of The Hill.

The producers have previously had first-look deals at New Line Cinema and Focus Features.

'Albert and Ron have produced great films,' WiP president Polly Cohen said. 'They have really great taste - I'm excited to be in business with them.'

'We're always looking to work with strong film-makers on stories that wrestle with our culture in funny or intense ways,' Berger and Yerxa said in a joint statement. 'We're very glad that WiP opened their doors to us and we look forward to collaborating on projects that express a unique vision.'

Among WiP's upcoming releases are Introducing The Dwights, In The Valley Of Elah, Mama's Boy, and Rails & Ties.