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NL reels in Par temp’s big ‘Catch’

Treatment gets low against mid-six

Melissa Carter’s days as a temp are numbered.

New Line Cinema has purchased a treatment by Carter — who works part-time at Paramount Studios — about the heir to a perfume fortune and a wrong-side-of-the-tracks girl who works in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, gutting fish. Story, called “Catch of the Day,” is described as a modern-day fairy tale.

Carter’s 18-page treatment, and her agreement to hammer out the full script, was snapped up for low- against mid-six figures after it was offered to New Line by Zide Management, which reps her.

Partners Warren Zide and Craig Perry are attached as producers, with New Line’s production chief Michael De Luca and Brian Witten, senior VP of production, as execs.

Project was brought to Zide by Jennie Frankel, the firm’s new director of literary acquisitions. Frankel, who until recently was Zide’s assistant, found Carter through an acquaintance who had read a first draft of another of Carter’s spec scripts.

Carter was signed up on the basis of that first script, about a woman who finds a trove of old love letters from her fiancee’s past girlfriends. Since he’s never told her about his past, she goes on a quest to find these other women. The first one she finds is a famous model, which “spins her into a cycle of insecurity,” Frankel said.

At Zide, Carter was asked if she had anything else in mind, and she pitched “Catch.”

“She’s planning on leaving the temp world imminently so that she can work on the ‘Catch’ script and do the rewrite on the spec,” Zide said Friday from New York.

David Alper, New Line’s senior VP of business and legal affairs, did the “Catch” deal for the company. Attorney Stewart Brookman negotiated for Carter and lawyer Jason Sloan on behalf of Zide and Perry, who just wrapped production on “Flight 180” for New Line.

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