Eye's high on 'My Spy' spec
CBS Films acquires action-comedy script for Di Bonaventura to produceCBS Films has nabbed a spec script called "My Spy," from scribe Jeremy Slater and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
The plot centers on a teenage boy who falls for an attractive girl only to later learn that the girl is actually a spy.
Those familiar with the script said it's a young-skewing action-comedy in the vein of the Judd Apatow-produced "Pineapple Express."
The deal in the low-six against mid-six figures.
Slater, who's repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone, is the writer behind the MGM psychological thriller "Pet" and also landed on the writer hot sheet known as the black list with his script "Score."
The prolific di Bonaventura has a previous project in development at CBS Films, "Protect and Defend," a political thriller based on Vince Flynne's novel.
Mark Vahradian and David Ready brought "Spy" into Di Bonaventura Pictures.
After a more deliberately paced period in which the nascent label concentrated on ramping up, CBS Films is now picking up speed: The company is actively developing, for example, the Harrison Ford-toplined medical drama "Crowley."
Apparently, both Paramount and DreamWorks — which, like CBS Films, are owned by Sumner Redstone — expressed interest in "Spy" but did not place bids.
Steven Zeitchik reported from New York; Borys Kit reported from Los Angeles.