Canton ‘Dating’ scribe duo

Osterlund, Baker sell twin-switch spec

The Canton Co. has paid low seven figures in a preemptive bid to acquire the romantic comedy spec “Dating Nick McBride,” penned by Peter Osterlund and Amy Baker, who co-wrote an episode of Tom Hanks’ HBO mini-series “From the Earth to the Moon.” Pic will be produced by Mark Canton under his company’s joint venture with Senator Entertainment.

“Dating,” in which the female lead will play a dual role, centers on a demure young woman who must step in for her identical twin — a flashy TV personality — to interview the world’s most eligible bachelor.

Osterlund and Baker will serve as executive producers, with Canton executive VP of motion pictures Anna DeRoy overseeing production for the Canton Co.

Deal was negotiated by chief operating officer Andrew Kramer on behalf of the Canton Co., with the William Morris Agency and AMG repping the scribes.

Mandoki pair

Canton Co. recently produced the Luis Mandoki-helmed “Angel Eyes,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Jim Caviezel, and is currently in production on Mandoki’s next pic, “24 Hours,” which stars Charlize Theron, Courtney Love and Kevin Bacon. “24 Hours” was the first pic given a greenlight under Canton’s five-year joint venture with Senator, which calls for the companies to develop and co-finance an average of four to six pics a year. Canton is based at Warner Bros. Pictures, where his offices are located and where the company has a four-year deal.

Upcoming Canton Co. projects include the psychological thriller “Taking Lives,” with Lopez attached to star and Tony Scott attached to direct; “The Company,” an action-thriller to be helmed by Rupert Wainwright; “Alexander,” an epic historical drama from Academy Award winner Chris McQuarrie; and “Revelation,” a psychological horror piece to be directed by Danny DeVito.