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April unveils slate but details sketchy

Co. has first-look deal with U, a second-look pact with MGM

SYDNEY — After 2 1/2 years in existence, Fledgling development company April Films has announced a slate — but none of the scripts are completed for the seven pics.

Creative development topper Phillippa Bateman said April has a first-look negative pickup deal with Universal and a second-look pact with MGM.

Most advanced project, not yet cast, is scribe Tony McNamara’s “The Campaign,” to be helmer John Curran’s second feature since his 1998 debut, “Praise.”

In addition, April has optioned Morris Gleitzman’s bestselling children’s book “Toad Rage” for co-production with Sarah Radclyffe Prods.

Other novels optioned are Barbara Trapido’s “The Traveling Hornplayer” and James Robert Baker’s “Boy Wonder.”

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