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Columbia Pictures is in early talks with “Bridget Jones’s Diary” helmer Sharon Maguire to direct “Last First Kiss,” a romantic comedy being talked up as a potential onscreen pairing of Will Smith and Jennifer Lopez.

“Kiss” was purchased by the studio (Daily Variety, May 23, 2001) as a spec script by Kevin Bisch for Overbrook Entertainment, the shingle run by Smith and James Lassiter, always with an eye toward Smith toplining.

He would play a date doctor who claims that his service can match lifemates in three dates. An attractive female journalist seeks his services in order to expose the doc as a scam artist but discovers things about him as well as herself. Lopez is being courted to play the reporter.

Since earning raves for “Diary,” the ICM-repped Maguire has been highly selective in choosing a followup. If she makes a deal, a rewrite will be done with Bisch, a Gotham-based journo.

Both thesps have full dance cards, with Smith following his “Ali” and “Men in Black 2” turns with a “Bad Boys” sequel reteam with Martin Lawrence and director Michael Bay. He also has an expected date with Bay on “I Am Legend” at Warner Bros. Lopez, next seen in the Michael Apted-directed “Enough” for Columbia, will star with Ralph Fiennes in the Wayne Wang-directed “The Chambermaid” for Revolution.