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Miramax buys ‘Serendipity’

Abrams, Levy set to produce pic

Miramax Films has struck a preemptive $500,000 deal for Marc Klein’s love story spec “Serendipity.” The deal also includes a blind script agreement with the suddenly hot Klein, as well as an option for another script down the line.

The project is set to be produced by Los Angeles-based production and finance company Tapestry Films, the shingle behind Miramax’s teen comedy hit “She’s All That.”

“Serendipity” concerns two college students who, after deciding they’re soul mates within hours of meeting each other, separate and decide to leave their reconnection to destiny.

Tapestry principals Peter Abrams and Robert Levy are set to produce “Serendipity.” Tapestry director of development Andrew Panay brought the project into the company.

Klein elevates

Klein, who specializes in high concept comedy pitches, has seen his stock and price tag steadily rise since May 1998, when he quit his job as assistant to manager Carol Bodie.

In July, Warner Bros. teamed with Village Roadshow to buy an untitled comedy pitch from Klein and writing partner Michael Caleo as a potential directing vehicle for “Austin Powers” helmer Jay Roach. Tapestry is also on board to co-produce the Roach project (Daily Variety, July 28).

Romance spec sold

Klein had previously sold his romance spec “Love, Jenny” to Universal and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment.

Miramax director of development Robbie Brenner, who will oversee Klein’s overall deal for the mini-major, brought “Serendipity” into the company. Co-prexy of production Bob Osher negotiated the deal on behalf of Miramax.

Klein is repped by Brian Sher of Broder, Kurland, Webb, Uffner, and lawyered by attorney Bryan Wolf.

(Chris Petrikin in Los Angeles contributed to this report).

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