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Cinema Line has a Loch on ‘Nonnie’

Cinema Line has made a preemptive purchase of family adventure spec script “Nonnie,” marking the production company’s latest big-ticket screenplay purchase.

“Nonnie,” written by Michael Perry, is the story of a 12-year-old boy who, while vacationing with his mother in the Ozarks, happens upon a sea creature — the equivalent of the Loch Ness Monster.

When plans are made to drain the lake in which the creature lives, the boy must take matters into his own hands.

According to company president Steve Randall, the project was submitted to Cinema Line Thursday and the company closed the deal Saturday night. The deal was hammered out by Perry’s agent, Mark Jacobsen of the Renaissance Agency.

While the upfront price for the script could not be confirmed, Perry will receive a high six-figure fee if the film goes into production.

Randall said that Cinema Line had been looking to buy a family-adventure script.

“It’s a very strong film,” Randall said of “Nonnie.””I believe the market for these kinds of films will continue to be very strong.”

Randall said the script will go out to directors soon and he is confident the film will go into production next year.

The purchase of “Nonnie” is the latest for Cinema Line, which is underwritten by fashion entrepreneur Leonard Rabinowitz, designer Carole Little and Verna Harrah. Since joining the company in December, Randall has made deals for screenplays including “Things Happen,””Ghosthunter,””Leviticus War” and “All Around the Town,” from the Mary Higgins Clark novel.

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