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Universal Striking Deal With Jake Kasdan for ‘My Spy’; Sony Buys Neil LaBute’s ‘Crooked House’

Written by on July 10, 2012 

While Jake Kasdan had moderate success with last year’s Bad Teacher — a couple of folks even said it was funny, too — he’s bounced around quite a bit in the time since. In this mere, not-so-long span, there have been offers for Sex Tape, Family Getaway, an untitled comedy, and the Shawn Levy-produced Man Made. That’s plenty (actually, too much) for anybody, but even David O. Russell can give us some hint as to what’s coming next.

Add one to the pile, since Variety reports that Kasdan and Universal are planning to join forces on an espionage comedy, My Spy, a piece said to be in the vein of ’80s classics such as Weird Science and Risky Business. Michael Diliberti (30 Minutes or Less) and Jeremy Slater wrote the original script for CBS Films, but, with Universal’s pending acquisition, Kasdan and his brother, Jon, will give the thing another polish. Does that mean he’ll really lock something down and commit? Only time will tell.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura is slated to produce with Mark Vahradian and David Ready.

Afterward, we’re hearing from THR that Neil LaBute‘s newest picture, Crooked House, has found a home. We had heard about the project — an adaptation of Murder, She Wrote author Agatha Christie‘s novel — last March; it’s now reported that Sony have snatched up rights, while a fall shoot is the main target.

Co-written with Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, Downton Abbey) and Tim Rose Price, the film — like its source material, natch — revolves around Charles Hayward, a man forced to solve the murder of his fiancée’s grandfather, Aristide, in order to get hitched. Resolution, She Demanded.

Brilliant Films and Samuelson Productions will produce.

Have you been hoping to see Kasdan land another project, and is My Spy the right one? Does LaBute’s Crooked House bring promise?

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