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Script Sales: Week of May 24, 2009

Michael Eisner and his Tornante Co. have tapped newcomer Mark Hammer to write a feature screenplay adaptation of "Bazooka Joe," the comic strip that comes with Bazooka bubble gum.

The comic has been used as an advertising device for the gum since the 1950s. Joe, who wears an eye patch for reasons never explained, has child-friendly misadventures, sometimes joined by a host of friends -- Pesty, Mort (whose turtleneck sweater is always pulled up over his mouth), Toughie, Hungry Herman, love interest Jane and a dog named Walkie Talkie.

Both the gum and the comic are part of trading card company Topps' stable. Eisner purchased the company in 2007 for $380 million with a mandate to rejuvenate the brand.

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British writer David Logan has two new gigs on his schedule. Paramount has hired him to rewrite "Sebastian Knight," and Articulus Entertainment has brought him aboard to adapt the Ken Bruen novel "Once Were Cops."

"Knight" centers on a Bond-like CIA agent who has a one-night stand with a woman while on vacation in Monaco and then finds himself stalked by her.
v The "Cops" project follows two unbalanced New York police officers cutting their way through the city's criminal underworld.

Logan recently did a rewrite on "Hammer Down" for DreamWorks and has an original screenplay, "The Rip," in development with Universal and Working Title.

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