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Justin Timberlake & Cameron Diaz back together again?

They were once part of a hot Hollywood couple before splitting up a few years back, now Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz are making a movie together. MTV.com is reporting that Timberlake just signed on as the male interest in a raunchy comedy called, “Bad Teacher.”

Diaz takes on the role of a foul-mouthed grade school teacher who gets dumped by her boyfriend and then goes after a co-worker’s guy, played by Timberlake. The script is by film/TV writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, co-executive producers of “The Office” sitcom.  Filming on “Bad Teacher” set to get underway this month in Los Angeles.

Spec script market heating up

stack of screenplays

More spec screenplays are being shopped this week. Spec Chaser is a great website for tracking specs. You can check out the loglines for thrillers, dramas, action-adventures, horror, sci-fi, supernatural specs, and yes, some comedies as well.

The spec that caught my eye today, “Stuck at 7” by Jason and Geoff Hart. This is a family comedy about an irresponsible husband who finally has to grow up after his wife undergoes hypnosis, something goes wrong, and she gets stuck in the mind-set of a 7-year-old. The screenwriters are managed by Kathy Muraviov.

Spec Sale 

On Monday, the  Done Deal website reported another comedy spec, “The Escort,” sold to DreamWorks Pictures. The screenplay focuses on an unreliable flight attendant who is forced to escort a 14-year-old passenger to Boston after their plane gets grounded. The screenplay is by Justin Adler, a TV writer and producer, who is repped by Julien Thuan at UTA.   

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