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Greenfield takes ‘Girl’ to Regency

Deal reps scribe's 4th since 'Animal'

Luke Greenfield, whose feature debut film “The Animal” stars Rob Schneider and opens June 1, has set up “The Girl Next Door” at Fox-based Regency Enterprises in a directing pact worth seven figures if it materializes into a ‘go’ picture with his attachment.

Greenfield will also receive a six-figure sum for co-penning, with Chris McKenna, a rewrite of the existing “Girl” script, which New Regency is negotiating to buy.

“Girl” reps Greenfield’s fourth deal since “The Animal,” prior to which the 29-year-old helmer made the 10-minute short, “The Right Hook.” He graduated USC School of Cinema-Television in 1994.

Tainted love

In “Girl,” a high school senior who never takes chances falls in love with a girl who moves in next door. When the town discovers she’s an ex-porn star, he is forced to risk everything, including his future.

“I fell in love with this concept a year ago and I didn’t want it to slip away from me,” Greenfield told Daily Variety. “I want to do a realistic teen film and go back to the days of ‘Risky Business.’ ”

Earlier in the month, Greenfield sold a dramedy pitch, that he will direct and exec produce, to Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke’s DreamWorks-based ImageMovers. Pic will be penned by Robert Kuhn (“The Cure”).

Prior commitments

In late April, Greenfield set up two directing projects at Revolution Studios: “Anger Management” and “Plain White Rapper.” First, to be penned by David Dorfman, centers on a timid businessman who is wrongly accused and sentenced to an anger-management program. His life is thrown upside down by a trouble-making lunatic who, ironically, teaches the anger-management program.

“Plain,” to be penned by Ricky Blitt, is a buddy comedy about a white gangsta rapper who needs the help of a conservative black Secret Service Agent to keep him alive.

Greenfield, repped by Endeavor and AMG, is also developing a slate of television series, including “The Go Sick! Revolution,” a twisted hidden camera show in which Greenfield and his crew trap unknowing victims into strange situations. Reggie Gaskins starred in the show’s pilot episode, a gig that earned him a pact at ABC.