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Script Sales: New Line Cinema has STORIES I COULDN'T TELL..., Dimension grabs TH

New Line Cinema's ChickFlicks has acquired feature rights to Bruce McIver's "Stories I Couldn't Tell While I Was a Pastor." The project came to ChickFlicks through "Frasier" co-stars Peri Gilpin and Jane Leeves, who will produce the film through their production company, Bristol Cities. Jim McGrath will adapt McIver's autobiography, in which he details his life as a young and progressive clergyman who's a widower and the father of a young daughter when he's assigned to the parish of a conservative Baptist church in Dallas.


HOLLYWOOD - Dimension Films has made a three-script pact with scribes Jeremy Garelick and Jay Lavender. The arrangement starts with the duo's comic pitch "The Man From Nantucket." Phillips will produce the trio. Deal comes after the writers turned in "The Golden Tux," a script they sold as a pitch. Pic, about a groom who hires a professional best man, is the first project bought for Phillips, whom Dimension expects to be its go-to guy for reasonably priced comedies.

The three-pic nonexclusive pact calls for the scribes to get co-producer credit on "Nantucket" and executive produce the second and third films. Each script is a mid-six-figure deal --impressive for a couple of guys who met while they were assistants at Creative Artists Agency. They left, signed with William Morris and begin selling scripts.

They are also writing a pilot script for Brad Grey Television, "Harold and Arnie," which is reminiscent of "Dumb and Dumber," only the protagonists are sixth graders.


NEW YORK - Warner Bros. and John Wells Prods. have optioned "Retribution," a first novel by former Florida Assistant State Attorney Jilliane P. Hoffman, in a high-six-figure deal. G.P. Putnam's Sons acquired publishing rights to "Retribution" as part of a two-book, $2 million deal. Putnam will publish the book early in 2004.

The story follows a female state attorney working on a case involving a sexual predator connected to a ferocious attack she suffered as a law student a decade earlier.

As an assistant state attorney from 1992-96, Hoffman worked as a felony prosecutor with experience in extraditions and domestic violence. She also was a legal adviser for the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement.

(Source: AP)

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