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MTV Films nabs pitch for ‘Plane’

Third sale this year for scribe Hefferman

John Heffernan has sold his thriller pitch “Snakes on a Plane” to Paramount Pictures-based MTV Films in a deal in the low- against mid-six figures. MTV will produce the project with Patchwork Prods. (“Antz”); Par will handle distrib duties.

“Snakes” is based on a story by David Daleassandro. It was brought into Patchwork Prods. by senior executive Craig Berenson, who developed the pitch with Heffernan.

“Snakes” is a thriller in which a ruthless assassin releases a crate filled with lethal snakes aboard a packed commercial airliner high above the Pacific Ocean.

“John’s writing possesses a distinct voice and style that we think will resonate with our audience and we’re thrilled to be working with young and unique talent such as him,” said David Gale, senior veep, MTV Films.

“Snakes” is the third project Heffernan has sold this summer; his actioner spec “A Chance for Both Barrels” was acquired by Lions Gate Films-based Ignite Entertainment and he sold episodic “Tooth ‘N Nail” to Webcaster Eruptor.com.

The latter, a Flash-animated series, involves two hitmen roommates who constantly compete for the same assignments. Sony-based Chris Lee Prods. developed the project with Heffernan and will handle all off-line franchise ventures.

Heffernan is represented by Ben Smith and Mason Novick at ICM and Noah Rosen at Ignite Entertainment.

This article was corrected on Sept. 28, 2000.

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