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Coen brothers believe in Santa laffer

Requa, Ficarra to spin St. Nick scam tale

Joel and Ethan Coen’s Working Title-based KL Line shingle has caught an untitled pitch from scribes John Requa and Glenn Ficarra — marking the first picture that the brothers will produce but not write.

While details are sketchy, the pitch is a comedy involving a shoppingmall Santa whose illegal scams get him into considerable trouble.

Requa and Ficarra penned the script for the live-action/CGI feature “Fighting Like Cats and Dogs,” which Warner Bros. will release next summer. Helmed by Larry Guterman (“Antz”), “Fighting” centers on the age-old battle between cats and dogs for world dominance. Featuring the voices of Tobey Maguire, Alec Baldwin and Susan Sarandon, pic stars Jeff Goldblum and Elizabeth Perkins.

KL Line prexy John Cameron and attorney Sarah Aubrey brought the untitled Christmas pitch into Working Title, which is based at Universal Pictures.

The brothers Coen had taken the pitch after reading Requa and Ficarra’s original spec script “Jack Tucker,” a comedy about a trucker searching for his stolen vehicle.

Ficarra and Requa are also rewriting “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” a bigscreen version of the old TV skein set up at Warner Bros. with John Davis.

Ficarra and Requa were repped by Endeavor and attorney Jeff Frankel of Colden, McKuin & Frankel. They are managed by Bender/Spink Management.

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