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Nick Pix buys ‘Sprint’ script

Nickelodeon Pictures has purchased Jesse Alexander’s “Sprint” as its first film project under a two-year, first-look production deal at 20th Century Fox.

The script, the story of a boy who discovers the world of go-cart racing after his father dies, is the first script sale for Alexander, a second-year AFI student.

The writer was represented by Broder, Kurland, Webb, Uffner.

“‘Sprint’ is a natural project for Nickelodeon in that it exemplifies the same kid attitude and kid point-of-view for the big screen that Nick has been able to bring to the small screen,” said Adam Merims, head of Nick’s West Coast operations. “It’s about kid empowerment and kids finding their own niche in the world.”

Merims said Fox snatched the pic away from a handful of interested studios because “they were able to convince the writer and the agent that Nickelodeon would make this movie the right way.”

The script is going through a rewrite; Merims said he hoped to see it go into principal photography by late next summer.

Merims said Nick Pix probably will make two family films a year.

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