H’w’d falls for ‘Guy’

In a preemptive bid made while rivals circled, Hollywood Pictures agreed to pay a high-six-figure price for “Coma Guy,” a spec script by Dan Sullivan and Fred Lebow.

Hollywood Pictures senior VP Dan Halsted purchased the property, and it will be made under the auspices of Joe Roth and Roger Birnbaum’s Caravan Pictures, sources said.

The deal was made by William Morris agents Jim Crabbe, Dave Phillips and Mike Simpson.

“Coma Guy” is a romantic comedy about a young girl who, through unusual circumstances, is mixed up with the fiance of a comatose man.

The script began making the rounds late Wednesday, and by early Thursday, several offers materialized from suitors including Warner Bros., Polygram, Fox and Island, sources said.

“We look forward to producing another successful film with Hollywood Pictures, in the vein of ‘The Hand That Rocks the Cradle’ and ‘Tombstone,’ pictures we put together with Hollywood that are their two all-time highest-grossing films,” said Simpson, senior veep and co-head of Morris’s motion picture department.

Hollywood gained an edge when Roth and Birnbaum entered the fray, given their efficiency rating for getting pictures made quickly, sources said.

Attached as co-producers with the Caravan duo are Steve Barron’s Limelight Prods. and Arthur Sarkissian. Barron directed “Coneheads” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

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