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Columbia Pictures has pre-emptively acquired the spec Jack and Jill, by actor-scribe Ben Zook, for Jack Giarraputo and Adam Sandler to produce via their Sony-based Happy Madison banner. The comedy would serve as a possible starring vehicle for Sandler. Todd Garner brought the project to Happy Madison, and he will also produce through his Broken Road Prods. Columbia paid $350,000 against $1 million for the comedy, whose plot line the studio is keeping under wraps, though it is known to be about fraternal twins. Zook co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in the 1999 comedy Can't Stop Dancing. Actingwise, he is working on Lifetime's Lovespring and has Tom, Dick, and Harry set up at New Line and I Hate Valentine's Day at Revolution. Zook is repped by Viviano-Feldman Entertainment and attorney Karl Austen. Sandler next appears in Sony's comedy Click. He is repped by Endeavor and Brillstein-Grey.

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