'Body' heat: NL takes U.S.


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CORRECTED 1:41 p.m. PT Nov. 4, 2007

New Line Cinema has nabbed all domestic rights to two Gold Circle Films projects: "Over Her Dead Body" starring Eva Longoria Parker, Paul Rudd and Jason Biggs, and "The New Daughter" starring Kevin Costner and Ivana Baquero.

Jeff Lowell's romantic comedy "Body" stars Rudd as a man devastated after his fiancee ("Desperate Housewives" lead Longoria Parker) is killed on their wedding day. He consults a psychic (Lake Bell) and they start to fall for each other, but complications ensue when his fiancee's ghost tries to keep them apart. New Line plans a Feb. 1 release just in time for Valentine's Day.

Luiso Berdejo's thriller "Daughter" stars Costner as a single father who moves to a farm with his two kids after a painful divorce. When his daughter ("Pan's Labyrinth" star Baquero, in her English-language debut) starts behaving ominously, he begins to suspect that the burial mound in a nearby field might have something to do with it. Production is slated to begin early next year.

Both films are being sold through Mandate International at AFM, along with Gold Circle's romantic comedy "Chilled in Miami," with Renee Zellweger, Virginia Madsen starrer "The Haunting in Connecticut" and Joel Schumacher thriller "Town Creek."

Berdejo and Lowell are both first-time feature directors. "Quite often new directors add a freshness that brings a hint of difference to help the films cut through the clutter of the marketplace," CEO Paul Brooks said.

"Body" is produced by Brooks and Peter Safran through his Safran Co. production banner, and "Daughter" is also produced by Brooks. Gold Circle's Norm Waitt and Scott Niemeyer are the executive producers on both films, which are fully financed by their company.

New Line exec Guy Stodel brought in the projects and will oversee "Daughter" for the studio. The deals were negotiated by Niemeyer with New Line's Carolyn Blackwood.