Scribe also starring in Internet pilot from 'Blair Witch' helmer

HOLLYWOOD — New Line has inked a six-figure deal with writer Jake Shapiro to preemptively pick up his untitled father/daughter college comedy spec, “Weirdo.”

Pic centers on an overprotective father who’s about to drop off his daughter at college.

When the dad, whose dream is to become an FBI agent, becomes aware of all the potential temptations awaiting her, he manages to adopt various disguises to protect her virtue.

“Weirdo” was brought into New Line by ChickFlick’s Sara Risher and Rebecca Heller. New Line’s Mark Kaufman, Matt Moore and Luke Ryan will oversee pic for the studio.

Shapiro, who is also a director, actor and standup comedian, wrote, directed and starred in the indie comedy “We Married Margo,” which won the 2000 audience award for best feature at the HBO/Cinemax U.S. comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.

Scribe, who had an overall writing and exec producing deal at Spelling Entertainment and a TV deal at Big Ticket, is still working on a TV series based on “Margo.”

Shapiro is also starring in an Internet pilot “The Strand” by “Blair Witch Project” co-writer/director Dan Myrick. Pilot follows an interlocking set of characters on Venice Beach.

Pilot, self-funded by Myrick’s production company Gear Head Pictures, will be shown on the Internet either late this year or in early 2005.

Shapiro also penned and is attached to direct the musical teen comedy “Under Pressure,” which was previously set up at the now defunct Cosmic Entertainment. That pic is out to studios.

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