‘Jobbers’ finds payday

With Hollywood book-rights buyers salivating over “Sleepers” author Lorenzo Carcaterra’s new cop novel “Apaches,” the author made a sale Tuesday. No, it wasn’t the novel. Carcaterra sold “Jobbers,” a pitch for a caper movie, to Touchstone and producer David Hoberman’s Mandeville Films for $300,000 against $600,000, sources said.

It’s the second recent Disney deal for Carcaterra, who is writing “Doubt” for producer Robert Lawrence. “Jobbers” was a project Carcaterra first thought of doing as a novel, but decided it worked better as a script.

Rumors have been cropping up daily about one studio or another getting hold of the book, with big stars and direc-tors ready to attach without even needing to read it. The truth is that no studio has read the novel yet, according to sources. Carcaterra’s still finishing his book and is not expected to deliver it to studios for a couple of weeks.

After Barry Levinson adapted “Sleepers,” he hired Carcaterra to write the script for the Bobby Darin biopic “Dreamer.” Levinson is expected to direct the biopic after “Sphere.” Johnny Depp is the favorite to play Darin, and Drew Barrymore is a possible for Sandra Dee. Bruno Kirby’s also expected to take part. The “Jobbers” deal was made by William Morris agents Rob Carlson, Amy Schiffman and Carol Yumkas, with Touchstone prexy Donald DeLine and senior veep of production Jordi Ros.

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