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Alliance Atlantis, Hawn plan 'Murder' telepic

MONTREAL — Alliance Atlantis is partnering with Goldie Hawn’s Cosmic Entertainment to produce a TV movie based on the Mark Twain novelette “A Murder, a Mystery and a Marriage.”

Companies optioned the film rights from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, which has rights to the Twain book. They have yet to sell the pic to a U.S. broadcaster.

Alliance Atlantis will produce pic in association with Cosmic, whose principals include Hawn, daughter Kate Hudson, son Oliver Hudson and beau Kurt Russell. Collaboration is the third between the Canuck film-TV company and Hawn. Alliance Atlantis and Hawn’s previous company, Cherry Alley, co-produced “When Billie Beat Bobby,” which aired in April on ABC. Alliance Atlantis and Cosmic also shot “The Matthew Shepard Story,” which will air on NBC early next year.

Penned in 1876, between “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn,” the novelette was lost for years. W.W. Norton published it in hardcover last month. Set in the fictional hollow of Deer Lick, tale recounts the fortunes of a farmer who is determined that his daughter marry the scion of the town’s richest clan.

Peter Sussman and Ed Gernon from Alliance Atlantis will exec produce; Cosmic Entertainment head of television Shanna Tyndall will serve as co-exec producer.

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