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Bared Bard aboard

Patchwork sews up 'Naked Shakespeare' rights

HOLLYWOOD — DreamWorks-based Patchwork Prods. has acquired all rights to the feature pitch “Naked Shakespeare” from scribes Garrett Schiff and Jim Burnstein.

Patchwork is in discussions with several domestic and foreign partners for production and distribution.

“Naked Shakespeare” is the story of an aspiring director for the Royal Shakespeare Co. who is assigned to helm a Shakespearean play in America, only to discover that the production is supposed to be all nude.

Patchwork was formed five years ago by Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins; a year ago, they joined forces with Hans Zimmer and Jay Rifkin, who together had their own deal at DreamWorks under the Remote Control Prods. banner.

Cox and Rabins exec produced DreamWorks animated pics “The Prince of Egypt” and “Antz.”

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Zimmer’s music compositions garnered him Academy Award noms for “The Thin Red Line” and “The Prince of Egypt,” among other pics.

Zimmer and composer-producer Rifkin’s Media Ventures have provided a home for a wide range of people in the music business while producing new talent.

Rounding out the executive ranks at Patchwork are Darlene Caamano and Craig Berenson, who serve as the company’s development execs.

Shiff’s writing credits include “How Baseball Saved Georgie Radbourne” and “Timber,” while Jim Burnstein has credits on “Renaissance Man” and “The Mighty Ducks III.”

Lopez project

Patchwork is also producing “Mi Corazon” by Jan Eliasberg, to which Jennifer Lopez is attached to star. That project had been taken to Miramax, but when talks there fell apart the project went to New Line, where it still is in the negotiation phase.

Patchwork has a dozen projects invarious stages of development, including “Last Night in East Los Angeles,” to be written and directed by Ernie Contreras. The company is also developing “WDIA in Memphis,” a comedy which it hopes to set up at Paramount.

At DreamWorks, Patchwork has set up “Little Green Men,” penned by Eric Kripke and being rewritten by Ed Stone (“Happy, Texas”), and “Sandwich Man,” written by Patricia Resnick.

Shiff and Burnstein are repped by Paradigm.

(Christian Moerk contributed to this report.)

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