Comedy illustrates scientific study

New Line has snapped up an untitled romantic comedy pitch by the scripting team of Tara Miele and Kristine Skeie and set it up with Jon Shestack Prods.

Mini-major made the purchase preemptively. Story — loosely based on recent scientific studies showing it’s more difficult for a successful woman to land a mate than someone lower down the ladder — follows a high-level executive as she pretends to be her own secretary in order to attract the man of her dreams.

Miele and Skeie penned the comedy “Cougars,” set up at Gold Circle Films with Gil Junger directing, and “Tits,” set up at Silverwood Films, with Miele attached to make her directing debut.

The Miele-Skeie pitch, brought in by Ginny Brewer, is the second project New Line has acquired for Shestack since he signed a first-look deal following romantic comedy “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” with Matthew McConnaughey starring.

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