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Tyro’s terrif week

NL buys Davis' 'Friends' on heels of 'Sunburned' sale

Bookending his week nicely, scribe Adam Davis has sold his second spec, “Just Friends,” to New Line Cinema for a mid-six-figure pricetag, days after selling his first spec to Dimension Films.

New Line picked up the new script in a preemptive bid and is setting it up as the first project to go under Davis’ manager-producers J.C. Spink and Chris Bender’s new first-look deal at New Line.

The 27-year-old NYU alum sold his first spec, the college comedy “Sunburned,” to Dimension Films just days ago.

The tyro scribe had until this past week worked at a car wash manufacturing plant in New Jersey, exercising his creative muscles by freelancing on the side for New York indie productions as a director of photography.

“Just Friends” is a romantic comedy about a guy unjustly plagued with inspiring only the most platonic of feelings in the opposite sex. When he finds himself falling in love, he decides this time it will not go unrequited.

Spink and Bender will act as producers on the project, with Richard Brener, veepee of production, and exec story analyst Bryan Hickel as the New Line execs overseeing the project. Bender produced Universal’s high-school comedy “American Pie” and New Line’s upcoming “Flight 180.”

Davis garnered some attention two years ago for his short “Killing Time,” but it was his script “NYC” that persuaded Bender and Spink to add him to their roster. “NYC” is an urban romantic comedy about a relationship-committed guy whose slovenly friends convince him to dump the girl and participate in their debauchery amid New York’s underground low-life. Davis is rewriting that script, and is also at work on another comedy about two ex-spies, once archenemies during the Cold War, who now find they have settled in the same small, American town.

Davis was repped on his deal by Lee Cohen of Major Clients Agency and Rick Genow of Stone Meyer & Genow.

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