Di Novi will produce ‘Frank’

Warner Bros. buys Hoffman's spec

Warner Bros. has picked up tyro scribe Susan Hoffman’s spec “Get Me to Frank by 35” for Chris O’Donnell’s George Street Pictures in a low- to mid-six figures deal.

Producer Denise Di Novi is on board and the romantic comedy is being eyed as a possible co-starring vehicle for O’Donnell.

“Frank” tells the story of a single mother attempting to track down the biological father of her child, conceived via artificial insemination. What she finds is a garbage man from Queens, whom she falls for despite his less-than-alluring status. She must then choose between him and a more proper suitor.

The project was ushered in by George Street prexy Bing Howenstein, who will oversee the pic along with WB veepee Polly Cohen, Di Novi Pictures’ prexy Pete Czernin and veep Steve Barnett.

Hoffman had been up until this sale, an actress, with roles on “The X-Files” and “ER” and the WB feature “Outbreak.” However, the thesp is now giving up her day job in order to pursue writing full time.

George Street, which has been based at Warner Bros. since 1997, recently renewed its first-look deal at the studio through 2001.

Its first project, “The Bachelor,” in which O’Donnell stars opposite Renee Zellweger, will be released by New Line in November. The company’s first foray into television is “Miracle on the 17th Green,” a vidpic for CBS starring Robert Urich and Meredith Baxter. Lensing on that project begins this week.

O’Donnell, who last appeared in Robert Altman’s “Cookie’s Fortune,” is in New Zealand lensing Martin Campbell’s “Vertical Limit.” Di Novi’s producing credits include “Message in a Bottle,” “Practical Magic,” “Batman Returns” and “Ed Wood.”

Hoffman’s deal was brokered by Broder Kurland Webb Uffner’s Emile Gladstone and Justin Silvera. O’Donnell is repped by CAA.

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