Brooks and Col speak ‘Spanglish’

Prod'n embarks on global talent search for Latina thesp

James L. Brooks will helm and produce his script “Spanglish” for Columbia Pictures in his first directorial outing since 1997’s “As Good As It Gets.”

Adam Sandler and Tea Leoni are in negotiations to star in the pic, which will shoot at the end of the year.

Written by Brooks, pic is a romantic comedy about a married couple. The film also includes a major role for a Latina actress and the production is conducting a global talent search to find an actress for the role.

Brooks also directed “Terms of Endearment,” “Broadcast News” and “I’ll Do Anything.” He most recently produced “Riding In Cars With Boys” for Col.

Brooks has proved selective in his choice of projects. He’s directed three titles since his feature directing bow with the 1983 “Terms of Endearment,” which won five Oscars.

In addition to his own films, as well as others like “Jerry Maguire” and “Say Anything,” Brooks’ Gracie Films shingle produces “The Simpsons,” which is entering its 15th season.

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If a deal can be made on “Spanglish,” this will be Sandler’s next pic. He’s currently in production on Col’s “Fifty First Kisses” opposite Drew Barrymore.

Leoni was most recently seen opposite Al Pacino in Miramax Films’ “People I Know.”