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Symphony, L’Amour in pic pact

Symphony Pictures has pacted with the son of the late author Louis L’Amour to develop and produce various L’Amour works as TV movies and features, beginning with “The Empty Land,” in development at TNT with Sam Elliot to star.

The announcement formalizes a year-old relationship between Symphony, the production company of William R. Greenblatt, and Beau L’Amour’s Aces & Eights Prods., which previously announced the joint acquisition of rights to do a movie on the true story of Doug Pou, the Air Force sergeant who faked his own death (Daily Variety, Nov. 12, 1992).

“Empty Land,” set in a Nevada gold-rush town, is being written by Earl Wallace and will reuniteL’Amour, Elliot and TNT–who last joined on “Conagher,” which lassoed one of the highest ratings ever for a made-for-cable movie.

On behalf of Symphony, exec VP Martha Humphreys will oversee development of the L’Amour library, which includes over 100 novels and short-story collections that have sold more than 225 million copies worldwide.

Symphony’s credits include the TNT movie “Nightbreaker” and the feature “Da,” while Beau L’Amour–the literary executor of his father’s estate–has been involved in the syndicated radio series “Louis L’Amour Theatre” and feature production at Finnegan/Pinchuk and the Pegasus Group.

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