Dimension opens door to ‘Spy’ pic

Ballarini's script follows accountant who discovers neighbor is a spy

A shlub and a real spy team up, and the yucks and thrills accrue.

That’s the theory behind “The Spy Next Door,” a spec that sold to Dimension Films for $600,000 against $1 million.

“Spy” follows a frustrated suburban accountant who, upon realizing his next-door neighborhood is a spy, must team up with him to save the world.

Penned by tyro scribe Joe Ballarini, pic will be produced by Mutual Film Group’s Jennifer Klein and producer Mike Karz. Miramax Films veepee Robbie Brenner is overseeing its development with Dimension co-prexys Brad Weston and Andrew Rona.

Deal marks a breakthrough pact not just for Ballarini, who graduated from USC two years ago, but his managers, a group of three twentysomething former classmates who make up Foursight Management: Michael Laster, George Heller and Jeremy Bell. They founded their company in 1999, while still at USC with Ballarini, and were mentored by the New Line-based Benderspink management concern.

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