Producer David Kirkpatrick picked up the dramatic comedy script “Bruno” for his production company, Original Voices. The price was not disclosed.

The story, written by first-time screenwriter David Ciminello, is about the relationship between an extremely overweight Italian mother who is broken-hearted over her husband’s abandonment and her confused, cross-dressing 8-year-old son. The story is set in New York against the backdrop of a Catholic school and the boy’s controlling and oppressive nuns.

Jonathan King, formerly a production exec with Miramax Films, is executive producing the project. Kirkpatrick has a deal at Rysher Entertainment.

Literary agency Hohman, Maybank, Lieb negotiated on behalf of their client, Ciminello.

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