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Lion foresees ‘Doomsday’

With the millennium looming and young men’s fancy turning to thoughts of the apocalypse, MGM has purchased Bo Zenga and J.B. White’s theological thriller pitch “Doomsday” for producer Frank Mancuso Jr.

The deal came in for a low against mid-six figures, according to sources close to the project. The buy is Leo’s first major post-IPO acquisition.

White has been hired to write the picture, which MGM is said to be considering for a pre-millennium release in summer 1999. Zenga is attached as exec producer.

MGM declined to comment on the deal.

The apocalyptic tale takes off from the premise that mankind is already four-sevenths of the way to the end of the world, as foretold by the Seven Seals in the New Testament’s Book of Revelations.

The script will deal with the fact that Revelations has figured into the prophecies of numerous fringe cult leaders — including Branch Davidian founder David Koresh. “These guys have cried wolf so often,” said Zenga, “that everyone the hero tries to tell thinks he’s crazy at first.”

Marjorie Lewis, exec VP of development at Mancuso’s FGM Entertainment, brought in the project.

Zenga is attached as producer to a number of projects around town, including “The It Girl” with Barry London at Paramount and “The Murder Hustle” with Jersey Films at Universal.

White has penned a number of high-profile miniseries, including NBC’s recent “House of Frankenstein” and last year’s Peter Benchley-created miniseries “The Beast.”

Zenga and White were repped in the deal by their William Morris agents Deborah Blackwell and Alan Gasmer and their respective attorneys, Mary Sullivan and Carlos Goodman.

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