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Disney buys pitch from Hammerhead

F/x house to grow 'Old'

Hammerhead Prods. — an f/x house expanding to produce its own pics — has sold Disney the pitch “Old” by writers Oliver Butcher and Eric Freiser.

Disney feature execs Mark Vahradian and Brigham Taylor will oversee the project for the studio.

Pic tells the story of several teens who as punishment for their bad behavior suddenly turn old. The film relies heavily on special effects.

Hammerhead partners Dan Chuba, Jamie Dixon, Rebecca Marie and Thad Beier said they are moving from a special-effects-driven company to one that produces movies as well.

Hammerhead has contributed visual effects for such films as “Deep Blue Sea,” “Titanic,” “Flubber,” “Batman & Robin” and “Spawn.”

Producing a hit pic would not only give an f/x house a chunk of the B.O., but opportunities for revenues from homevideo, pay-per-view, broadcast window and licensing rights, along with libraries.

Attaching themselves as producers, Chuba and Dixon sold “Supernova” to MGM/UA. The film is in post-production and is scheduled for release in January. They also sold outright a pitch called “Wildlife” to Disney’s animation division; the project is in development.

“We understand the technology and we understand the importance of making really good movies as well,” Chuba said.

Added Dixon, “It used to be that spectacle was used as a Band-Aid, that people didn’t mind if the story didn’t work. We are against visual effects for their own sakes. We are interested in storytelling.”

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