Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris Take THE BIG CIGAR

Helmers attached to Huey Newton film.

Deadline has learned that the husband and wife directing team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (‘Ruby Sparks,’ ‘Little Miss Sunshine’) have closed a deal to direct the based-in-fact film, ‘The Big Cigar.’

Acquired by producer Matt Tolmach (‘The Amazing Spider-Man’), the film is based on journalist Joshuah Bearman’s article in a recent issue of Playboy Magazine and details how ‘Easy Rider’ producer Bert Schneider conjured up a film to help smuggle Black Panthers co-founder Huey Newton out of the U.S. and into Cuba to avoid being tried for the murder of a 17-year-old prostitute and a second violent crime.

Bearman, whose 2007 Wired Magazine article inspired Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo,’ will write the screenplay with Jim Hecht.