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‘The Craziest OkCupid Date Ever’ Set for Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

New Line is going on “The Craziest OkCupid Date Ever,” buying the movie rights to Clara Bensen’s tale of a three-week date and titling the project “No Baggage.”

“Jeff and I traveled to eight countries in 21 days without changing clothes,” Bensen wrote in her article for Salon.com. “It sure beat meeting for coffee.”

Bensen, a writer based in Austin, Texas, said the journey went well despite the lack of belongings.

“On the surface, we appeared to be sure candidates for ‘World’s Most Unlikely Pair,’” she wrote. “He’s a wildly energetic university professor who is always on the move. I’m a reclusive writer who spends hours identifying new constellations in the ceiling paint.”

The duo made no plans in advance, Bensen noted.

“With no stuff, moving to the next destination was as simple as getting out of bed and pointing to a dot on the map,” she said. “We jumped from city to city using almost every mode of transportation on earth: an old train along the Turkish coast, a giant ferry across the Aegean, a cramped bus through the Balkans, a series of hitches through Croatia, a flight to Edinburgh and a pair of bikes in London.”

New Line is in negotiations to set up the project with Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot through their Offspring Entertainment production company, which has teamed with New Line on “Hairspray,” “Going the Distance” and “Rock of Ages.”

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Offspring is also developing “Mean Moms” for New Line with Jennifer Aniston attached. Matt Smith brought the project in ‎for Offspring.

Dave Neustadter and Andrea Johnston are overseeing the project for New Line.

Bensen is repped by UTA, which handled Bensen’s deal on behalf of Writers House.

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