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Par goes to Amsterdam for ‘Almost Everything’

Paramount Pictures has purchased actress and writer Lisa Amsterdam’s pitch “Almost Everything,” for low six figures.

The film, to be produced by Michael I. Levy, is about three female best friends who share everything until they make the mistake of trying to share the same man.

“I wanted to explore the deep bond between female best friends,” said Amsterdam, “and how when a man is brought into the mix, their unconditional love becomes extremely conditional.”

Amsterdam, who also is writing “15 Phases of a Relationship” for Castle Rock, recently appeared as a female locker room reporter in TriStar’s “Jerry Maguire.”

After developing the pitch with Amsterdam, Levy brought it to Paramount first. While not under contract at the studio, Levy has long-standing relationships with a number of Paramount execs.

Levy produced Paramount’s 1996 John Schlesinger release, “Eye for an Eye,” and is currently developing an untitled action-adventure pic at the studio.

Levy has a number of projects in development around town, including the horror film “Seeing Things” at Columbia with John Morrissey, Larry Turman and former partner Michael Gruskoff. At Universal, Levy is shepherding “Frankie and Alice,” now being scripted by Ilene Chaiken.

Levy’s TV projects include “Marabunta,” a telefilm for Fox, co-produced with the Producers Entertainment Group; and a two-hour pilot with All American entitled “Ulysses and Me.”

His previous feature production credits include “Prelude to a Kiss” (1992), “Masquerade” (1988) and Francis Ford Coppola’s “Gardens of Stone” (1987).

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