‘Mates’ meets its maker

Col calls on Greenfield for romance

“Girl Next Door” helmer Luke Greenfield is directing the tentatively titled “Soul Mates,” which Michael De Luca is producing for Columbia Pictures.

Pic is about a guy and a girl who fall in love when they’re 16 and promise to end up together, but life and timing keep them apart.

The film is based on a treatment by Greenfield and Courtney Booth, who were childhood sweethearts in Westport, Conn.

“It’s a subject that I know all too well,” Greenfield said, adding that he and Booth, now in their early 30s, recently “decided to let each other go.”

Helmer’s New Regency-based WideAwake shingle is producing with De Luca. WideAwake partners Matthew Seigel and Juan Castro are co-producing.

Finding a scribe is the next step. “We’re looking for someone who can write those tumultuous, emotional moments, and have a great balance of the drama and the comedy,” he said.

Project is among the first set up by De Luca since his arrival on the Sony lot earlier this year. He also is on board to produce “Zathura,” based on the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Next up for Greenfield are “Big Brother,” a comedy by “The Bourne Identity” scribe W. Blake Herron, and “Destiny,” a big-budget dramedy that Chris Sheridan will write. Greenfield will direct and produce both New Regency projects.

He also plans to direct “The Holiday Club” at Fox, based on a spec script by Oritte Bendory and Aaron Feldman.

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