Eye's high on 'My Spy' spec

CBS Films acquires action-comedy script for Di Bonaventura to produce

CBS 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.
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