Spacey, Centropolis pact

'Beauty' thesp to star, produce romantic comedy

Continuing to ride his “American Beauty” Oscar wave, Kevin Spacey is attached as star and producer to an untitled romantic comedy for Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment.

Wendy Wasserstein is rewriting the Allison Burnett script. Pic will be produced by Centropolis, Spacey’s Trigger Street Prods., and Denise Di Novi, who originally developed the project for Sony Pictures. No director is yet attached.

The comedy centers around a theater director who is forced to cast a movie star in order to launch his play on Broadway.

“We have wanted to collaborate for years but hadn’t found the right material,” said Devlin, who has known Spacey since high school. “This is a funny, sexy and imaginative story we are excited to be working on. Having Wendy writing it makes the deal even sweeter.”

Wasserstein will receive a mid-six-figure sum through Centropolis’ Sony discretionary fund.

As screenwriter, Wasserstein has penned such pics as “The Object of My Affection.” But she is best known as a playwright for such works as “Uncommon Women and Others,” “The Heidi Chronicles” and “The Sisters Rosensweig.”

Spacey, who took home this year’s Oscar for his role in “American Beauty,” recently completed “Pay it Forward” for Warner Bros. and “The Big Kahuna” for Lions Gate.

Next up for Centropolis is the Mel Gibson starrer “The Patriot.” Di Novi is producing “Dancing in the Dark” for MGM, starring Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie.

Wasserstein is repped by CAA; Spacey by WMA, manager Joanne Horowitz and attorney Doug Stone of Stone, Meyer & Genow.

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