Pitch snatched up for $500,000 against undetermined back end
Looking to further exploit that zany wedding motif, New Line Cinema has optioned Steve Cohen and Jennifer Love Hewitt’s pitch “Cupid’s Love” for “Party of Five” lead Hewitt to star in and exec produce, the studio confirmed Friday.
Sources said the pitch sold for $500,000 against an undetermined backend. Chuck Gordon and his Daybreak Prods. will produce.
Cohen will write the script from the original idea by Hewitt, who was in the room to pitch the plan to New Line production execs Claire Rudnick Polstein and Donna Langley.
Hewitt, the 19-year-old who also starred in the hit film “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” came up with the idea about a wedding planner who falls in love with the groom in one of her weddings.
The project would give New Line another premarital yarn following the boffo B.O. of “The Wedding Singer” with Adam Sandler.
“I’m excited that a studio as innovative as New Line took a concept that I dreamed up and then was willing to put their faith in me, not only as an actress, but as a producer,” said Hewitt.
New Line prexy of production Michael De Luca didn’t hesitate to point out similarities to his current hit.
“We know where we want to go with this material and hope we can replicate the kind of success we had with ‘The Wedding Singer,’ ” he said.
Langley and Rudnick Polstein will oversee the project for the studio. Daybreak execs Mark Sternberg and Peter Cramer will handle the production company’s interest.
In addition to the hit “Last Summer,” Hewitt’s credits include Mandalay’s upcoming sequel “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” and the Betty Thomas-produced teen comedy “Can’t Hardly Wait.”
New Line is currently producing Cohen’s spec “The Bachelor” with Chris O’Donnell starring.
Hewitt was repped in the deal by William Morris Agency percenters Todd Harris and Ames Cushing.
Cohen’s deal was brokered by Sara Bottfeld and Alan Gasmer, also of the Morris Agency.