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Paulson inks first-look deal at Viacom

Producer Daniel L. Paulson has entered into a first-look deal at Viacom Prods. to create movies, series and specials for the networks and cable.

Paulson, whose credits include the features “Passenger 57” and “Comes a Horseman,” is currently working on several projects, among them “Love Letter,” an HBO movie that would star Farrah Fawcett.

The project would be produced in association with Lou Morheim, with Roger Young to direct.

The company has also acquired rights to “Horn of the Goat,” a Simon & Schuster nonfiction book about two serial murderers and one of their victims’ sister, who took on the authorities to bring the killers to justice; and “The Planter Street Story,” a novel by Sharron Gayle and Vicki Meyer about a single mother who gathers evidence against suspects who she believes molested her children. Another movie is in the works about a trio of hikers who track down a murderer on a mountain trail.

On the feature side, Paulson said he’s developing a project at TriStar that would star Rhea Perlman as a basketball coach in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood, based on a true story featured on “60 Minutes.” Talk also persists of a sequel to “Passenger 57,” which grossed more than $ 45 million domestically for Warner Bros.

“Basically, I’m in the television business, and occasionally I’ll find a story that lends itself (to features),” Paulson said.

Paulson’s telefilm credits include “Victims for Victims,” the Theresa Saldana story, which aired on NBC, and the ABC vidpic “Town Bully.”

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