'Stu' is next target for Brosnan


Pierce Brosnan can't get enough of playing a spy.

The former James Bond is going back to the spy world, signing on to star in "Spy vs. Stu," a comedy for New Line Cinema. Brosnan also will produce the movie though his Irish Dream production shingle.

Based on an original screenplay from the writing team of Keith Mitchell and Allie Dvorin, the comedy centers on Stu, a commitment-phobe who plans to propose to his girlfriend during an island vacation. Unbeknownst to him, a handsome, debonair spy (Brosnan) is on the other end of the island, having just finished saving the world. When the bored spy takes a serious liking to Stu's girl, Stu is forced to compete with the ultrasuave superspy in order to win the heart of his true love.

No director is on board yet.

New Line production executives Richard Brener and Jeff Katz will oversee the project for the studio. The studio spent the past year wooing Brosnan, getting him comfortable with revisiting the filmic world of intrigue and to celebrate his image as a suave spy and not mock it.

Brosnan, repped by CAA and attorney Tom Hansen, portrayed Bond in four high-grossing films, beginning with 1995's "GoldenEye." He did a send up the classic suave spy character with last year's "The Matador," in which he played an assassin having a slow nervous breakdown.

Mitchell and Dvorin have collaborated on "The Untitled Peter Westbrook Story" for the Walt Disney Co./Touchstone, "The Club" for Paramount and "Brewster's Millions" for ABC Family. Mitchell wrote "Mr. 3000" for Disney. The duo are repped by APA and Anonymous Content.