Aniston catches pitch

Actress, Grey, Pitt in talks to produce laffer

This article was updated on April 16, 2003.

Katherine Fugate has sold a dark comedy pitch to New Line Cinema, with Jennifer Aniston to star and produce.

Fugate will write the as-yet-untitled project, in which Aniston would portray the wife of a Florida politician. She is confronted with a 10-year-old orphan and his “debt collector” companion, who say they’ve come to fulfill the dying wish of the orphan’s terminally ill best friend: He wants to see his long-lost mother.

No deals are in place for the producers, but Brad Grey, Brad Pitt and Aniston are in early negotiations to produce through their production shingle, which is based at Warner Bros. Pictures.

The pitch is based on an idea from Wayne Rice (“Dude, Where’s My Car?”), who is also negotiating to produce with Mike Karz (“Malibu’s Most Wanted”).

Supervising the project are New Line production prexy Tobey Emmerich, senior VP music affairs-VP production Mark Kaufman and VP production and development Matt Moore, along with Kristin Hahn as well as Russell Hollander, VP production at Karz Entertainment.

Fugate, who’s repped by Hohman Maybank Lieb, wrote Miramax Films’ upcoming “Carolina,” which stars Julia Stiles and is slated for a June release. She also penned the Stiles starrer “The Prince and the Freshman” for Paramount Pictures, which should go into production this summer.

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