Spelling grows ‘Grass’

NEW YORK — Spelling Films has made a deal with Mike Newell and his Dogstar Prods. to develop a remake of “The Grass Is Greener,” the 1960 comedy about a penniless English earl whose wife has an affair with a wealthy American tourist. The film will be shaped as a potential directing vehicle for Newell.

The remake was hatched by Dogstar’s Betsy Beers, who worked with Spelling senior veep Rene Garcia to set it up. Dogstar’s Newell, Beers and Alan Greenspan will produce with Linda Reisman.

The’60 Universal pic starred Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons. Stanley Donen directed the script by Hugh & Margaret Williams, based on their play.

“We hope to make a smart comedy with lots of bite, but work in a more modern relationship triangle between the three,” said Garcia, who made the deal with Spelling Films prexy Mitch Horwits and senior veep Denis Pregnolato.

The film will be shot in the U.K. It’s unclear whether Spelling will fully finance the pic, as it did with “Night Falls on Manhattan,” or partner with a studio, as it did with Paramount on “Breakdown.”

Newell, whose helming credits include “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Donnie Brasco,” is next expected to do the Fox 2000 adaptation of “Pushing Tin,” the Art Linson-produced pic about air traffic controllers.

Newell is repped by ICM’s Rosalie Swedlin.

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