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Thomas Haden Church is in negotiations to co-star opposite Sandra Bullock in the comedy "All About Steve" for Fox 2000.

Phil Traill will make his feature directorial debut on the project, which will begin shooting this summer.

The story centers on a brilliant crossword constructor (Bullock) who, after one short date, decides that a CNN cameraman is her true love. Because the cameraman's job takes him hither and yon, she crisscrosses the country, turning up at media events as she tries to convince him they are perfect for each other. She fails in this objective but falls in with a band of misfits who appreciate her for who she is. Kim Barker ("License to Wed") penned the screenplay.

Bullock is producing through her Fortis Films shingle. Mary McLaglen is executive producing alongside Underground Films' Nicholas Osborne and Trevor Engelson.

Fox 2000 Maria Faillace is overseeing the project for the studio.

Church, who played Spider-Man nemesis Flint Marko/Sandman in "Spider-Man 3," next stars in Miramax Films' "Smart People." He was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting turn in 2004's "Sideways."

He is repped by WMA.
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