Wide open for ‘Big’ deal

Milchan pic pact includes 'Brother,' 'Destiny'

After directing “The Girl Next Door” for New Regency, Luke Greenfield has made a two-year first-look deal with Arnon Milchan’s company and set up three more films he’ll direct and produce with his WideAwake partners Juan Castro and Matthew Siegel.

First up is “Big Brother,” an edgy comedy that “The Bourne Identity” scribe W. Blake Herron is in talks to write. Story concerns a selfish businessman who’s forced to participate in the Big Brother program and is paired with a tough teen. The two loathe each other, but they develop a twisted father/son relationship once the businessman begins teaching the youth all of the immoral things he used to get ahead in business.

“His idea of mentoring is to say, if I knew at your age what I know now, here’s how I’d take advantage,” said Greenfield, a Connecticut-raised USC film school grad who got his big break when Adam Sandler and Revolution execs saw his short comic film about pickup lines and signed him to direct the Rob Schneider comedy “The Animal.”

That put him on the radar of New Regency prexy Sanford Panitch, who signed him to direct “The Girl Next Door.” New Regency doesn’t bestow many overall deals — Darren Aronofsky is the only other director with one — but a growing volume of projects led to the first-look pact.

WideAwake has made a New Regency deal on “Destiny,” a big-budget drama-comedy about a man given the gift to see his own future. Chris Sheridan, the executive producer of the animated series “Family Guy,” is negotiating to write the script.

Greenfield is also planning to direct an untitled comedy that was bought by New Regency in the form of a pitch by Josh Stolberg and Robert Florsheim. Their new script is described by Greenfield as an edgy comedy about two guys, speed dating and loneliness in the big city.

The WideAwake partners have separately made a deal with 20th Century Fox on “The Holiday Club,” a spec script by Oritte Bendory and Aaron Feldman about a college kid seduced into the reckless world of diplo-brats, the children of ambassadors who live to abuse the power of diplomatic immunity. Greenfield will direct that, too.

Pact was made by Endeavor and the Firm.

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