Fox buys Rhymer pitch

Fox Family Films — the 20th Century Fox film division run by Chris Meledandri — has paid a mid-six against high-six-figure sum for Don Rhymer’s live-action pitch tentatively titled “Little Detective” for producers David Kirschner and Paul Gertz.

The story, which was briefly titled “Little Dicks,” concerns a sleazy private eye who, after being framed for the death of a prominent scientist, is injected with a formula that causes him to shrink.

The executive on the project is Fox Family’s VP of production Kevin Bannerman.

Fox couldn’t be reached for comment.

Rhymer’s extensive TV credits include exec-producing, with Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, the series “Hearts Afire” and producing “Evening Shade.” His spec script “Strangers” is in development at Paramount with Robert Cort, David Madden and Keri Selig producing.

Kirschner’s credits include “The Pagemaster,” “Hocus Pocus” and “An American Tale.” He is also producing the Jamie Foxx starrer “Unleashed” for Fox Family Films.

Rhymer was repped in the deal by Ken Neisser at the Gersh Agency.

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