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Sony, Spade dig turnaround pic ‘Dirt’

Comedy taps 'SNL' team

Sony Pictures Entertainment has picked up “The Adventures of Joe Dirt,” a pic Warner Bros. has placed into turnaround.

A cavalcade of Saturday Night Live alumni will drive the project:

  • David Spade, the star of NBC laffer “Just Shoot Me,” is set to topline.

  • SNL head writer Fred Wolf and staff writer Matt Piedmont will co-script the pic with Spade, who most recently starred in and penned WB’s “Lost and Found.”

  • SNL alum-cum-feature-funnyman Adam Sandler and his frequent producer, Jack Giarraputo, will co-produce, having just scored with “Big Daddy” for Sony.

Sandler’s association with the “Dirt” project is easy to understand, given his SNL connections with Spade and with “Dirt’s” original and current producer, Robert Simonds: The Universal-based Simonds produced three of Sandler’s recent hit pics, “The Wedding Singer,” “Happy Gilmore” and “The Water Boy.”

Spade will star as an obstreperous young man who recounts on a radio show his lifelong search for his parents — after they deliberately abandoned him on a trip to the Grand Canyon.

The white trash road picture is expected to receive a $15 million budget, with a finished script due into Col execs by January. No helmer is attached.

“Dirt” will be supervised by Sony exec veepee Doug Belgrad and veepee Carrie Richman.

Spade was repped by Endeavor and is managed by Basic Entertainment.

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