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New Line's latest is Sather-Apatow pitch

New Line Cinema has nabbed an untitled pitch from scripter/producer Judd Apatow and “News Radio” staff writer Drake Sather, possibly for Adam Sandler to star, sources said Monday.

The pitch sold for a $800,000 against $1.2 million, sources said.

Apatow will also direct and produce. The plan is to put the project into production after Apatow finishes his first directing assignment, “Making Amends,” also for New Line.

The purchase is the second high-priced deal New Line has made in the last two days. The studio, which is currently looking for a financial partner with parent company Time Warner, inked Jim Carrey to “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” for $20 million against 20% first-dollar gross (Daily Variety, Dec. 3).

Apatow and Sather’s pitch is the story of a blue-collar New Hampshire man who falls in love with a gorgeous movie star who is shooting a film in his hometown. When filming ends, he moves to Hollywood with her and quickly learns about the pitfalls of fame without achievement.

Sandler is not contractually attached to the project, but will work closely with Apatow and Sather on developing the script.

Apatow’s deal was brokered by United Talent Agency’s John Lesher and Nick Stevens. Sather was repped by Endeavor’s Ariel Emanuel. Jimmy Miller of Gold/Miller Management reps both Apatow and Sather.

Sather, a former stand-up comic, is a scripter and producer on “News Radio.” His two-year stint with “The Larry Sanders Show” included a year with Apatow in 1993-94.

Apatow penned “Celtic Pride” and was a co-writer on “Heavyweights.” He also did an uncredited rewrite on “Cable Guy” as well as polishes on “Happy Gilmore” and “Liar, Liar.”

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