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.
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”).
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.