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New Line will get kick out of ‘Soccer’

Studio pays mid-six figures for family laffer

New Line Cinema has acquired Cindy McCreery’s comedy script “Soccer Mom” for Karz Entertainment and Underground Films to produce.

Studio paid mid-six figures for the family laffer that revolves around a mother of two who gets a second chance to go back to college and play on its soccer team, all while balancing her family life.

Mike Karz will produce along with Underground’s Nicholas Osborne. Karz’s Russell Hollander and Underground’s Trevor Engelson will serve as executive producers.

New Line’s Mark Kaufman, Matt Moore and Luke Ryan will shepherd the project for the studio.

Deal marks the second spec sale for McCreery since graduating from the Disney Fellowship in Screenwriting program two months ago.

She most recently sold the script “Powderpuff Girls” to Disney. Gough & Millar and Tapestry Films are attached to produce.

“Cindy has a fresh voice,” Karz said. “She came up with a great approach to this idea. I loved the way she took us into the world of soccer moms.”

Karz, who has a first-look deal at New Line, produced Warner Bros.’ “Malibu’s Most Wanted” last year. He is producing “First Daughter” for Fox and Regency.

“Soccer Mom” marks the first time Underground will work with New Line. Production shingle is also producing “Flower Girl” at Warner Bros., “Range Rats” at Miramax/Dimension, “Venus Kincaid” at Fox 2000 and “Zoom’s Academy” at Revolution Studios.

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