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Elston Gunn's WEEKLY SCRIPT REPORT (Major Sales, Events, and other News!)

* Dan Schneider (GOOD BURGER) will write PET BOY, an animated feature based on the Keith Graves short story of the same name for Nickelodeon Films/Paramount Pictures. The story will revolve around a pet-obsessed boy who is abducted by aliens and taken to their planet after stumbling upon an evil pet-trader's alien pet collection at a local store.

* Patrick Cirillo (KING'S RANSOM) will adapt Jeff Deaver's (THE BONE COLLECTOR) novel DEVIL'S TEAR DROP for Wolfgang Petersen's Red Cliff Prods.

* Linda Woolverton (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) will adapt the Jeff Shapiro novel RENATO'S LUCK for Miramax. It revolves around a man who lives in a small Tuscan village who, following a series of traumatic events, has lost his love for live. He decides to journey to the Vatican City while his village people involve themselves in the outcome of his trip.

* Writer/director Irving Belateche will adapt the 1953 Alfred Bester sci-fi novel THE DEMOLISHED MAN for Paramount and producers Robert Evans and Ray Wagner. The book is about a powerful leader of a society where there is no crime, the murder he commits and the cop who pursues him. Belateche is also working on the thrillers CLICK for Screen Gems, TIME KILLER for Lions Gate and SPIDER-DANCE, for which he'll direct from a script by Jeff Chapman.

* Barry Fanaro (KINGPIN) will write the latest draft of MEN IN BLACK II for Columbia Pictures. Barry Sonnenfeld, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will return on the project.

* Atom Egoyan will write and direct an untitled feature for Universal Pictures. Plot details are being kept a secret, but it's expected to interweave story lines about two women who met by accident and the red tape of a love triangle. Egoyan plans to finish a first draft by early next year.

* Lenore Kletter will write the UNTITLED PAUL REISER PROJECT for Beacon Communications. The comedy, to star Reiser, is set in Palm Beach, Fla.

* Phoenix Pictures picked up the Stephen Leeds script DEFENSELESS about a defense attorney who plots a crime that will allow him to land his first client. However, his plan backfires when he is blamed for a real heist.

Pick of the week? Atom Egoyan's script. And it's for a major studio, so maybe he can twist the mainstream a bit.

-- Elston Gunn

(Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Variety)

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