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U traps pitch for Rat, Taylor

Stuber to head project development

Universal has bought “Moving Elliot,” a spec by Adam Rodgers and Glenn German, for Brett Ratner’s Rat Entertainment and Michael Taylor Prods.

The action comedy concerns an FBI agent charged with transporting a criminal to court. When the agent’s personal life implodes, requiring his urgent attention, he and the indicted man forge an unusual bond.

Taylor will produce with Ratner and Rat prexy Jay Stern.

“We think it’s relevant as well as really funny,” said Stern.

“What attracted us about the project is the essential theme,” he added. “It expresses a conflict that every one of us faces, the difficult balancing act between our personal and professional lives.”

Project will be developed at Universal under the direction of production prexy Scott Stuber.

Rodgers and German, who are repped by CAA, originally sent the script to Taylor. John Cheng, who heads up development for Rat, was instrumental in securing the property for Ratner’s shingle.

Rat has a first-look deal at New Line. It’s currently producing several pics for the company, including “Mucho Mojo,” “Moving Alexander” and “Traces.”

Taylor has produced such pics as “Phenomenon,” “Instinct” and “Bottle Rocket.”

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