New Line Cinema has paid low-six figures to pick up the spec script “What a Man’s Gotta Do,” a Gotham-set romantic comedy penned by London-based scribes Dudi Appleton and Jim Keeble for New Line-based producer Adam Fields to produce.
Story concerns a metrosexual guy,overly in touch with his feminine side, who learns to be a real man from an older Brooklyn car mechanic to win the girl he loves.
New Line president of production Toby Emmerich and senior VP of production Stokely Chaffin are overseeing the project.
Appleton and Keeble, repped by the Gersh Agency and manager Alan Greenspan at Intl. Arts, most recently teamed on “The Most Fertile Man in Ireland,” which they co-wrote and Appleton directed.
Their production shingle, Hot Film, optioned Peter Ackroyd’s bestselling supernatural thriller “The House of Dr. Dee” and is completing development on “Hooligans,” a “Goodfellas”-style mini-epic about English soccer in the 1970s.
Adam Fields Prods. produced Fox 2000’s “Brokedown Palace” and “Donnie Darko,” scribe Richard Kelly’s directorial debut; it also participated in the financing of the Universal/Imagine Films girls surfer pic “Blue Crush” through Fields’ Hawaii Tax/Equity Fund, among other pics.