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Fox re-signs producer Harper to 1st-look deal

Twentieth Century Fox has re-upped producer Robert Harper to a two-year exclusive first-look deal with a slate of projects in tow.

Harper, who developed and produced Fox’s “Rookie of the Year,” is developing a remake of “The Magnificent Dope,” a 1940s comedy starring Henry Fonda and Don Ameche, for which Shawn Schepps is writing a new script.

He has several other comedies in the works, including a Steve Klayman comedy titled “Mr. Schneiderman Please Go Home”; “Poor Holly,” a comedy written by Stacy Sherman and Karen Ray; and an untitled comedy from Sam Harper, who also wrote “Rookie of the Year.”

“We were very happy with the success of ‘Rookie of the Year,’ ” said Fox prexy Tom Jacobson in a release. “Bob’s ideas parallel our goals at the studio and I fully expect him to make a significant contribution to our future slate of pictures.”

Before becoming a producer, Harper was president of marketing for Fox for two years. He was Fox’s VP of production before that, and joined the studio in 1985, overseeing trailers.

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