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Focus, Ohayon saddle ‘Cowboy Cupid’ laffer

'Colors' helmer to incorporate matchmaker's tale for pic

Focus Features will use the true story of a Texas-based cowboy and romantic matchmaker as the basis for “Cowboy Cupid,” a romantic comedy to be directed by Michele Ohayon.

She helmed the Oscar-nominated documentary “Colors Straight Up.” Ohayon and Exile Entertainment’s Gary Ungar will produce.

Ohayon tracked down the matchmaker, Ivan Thompson, after hearing him interviewed on NPR. He matches single American men with local women in Mexico. The men are usually looking for subservient women, but it rarely works out that way. Ohayon was most intrigued by Thompson’s own romantic tale. Focus execs John Lyons and Kahli Small will supervise.

“He’d been married to an American woman for 17 years and found they didn’t speak the same language, and then he meets this Mexican woman who doesn’t speak English, but he knew she was his match,” Ohayon said. “He met the woman on one of his trips but didn’t set her up with his clients because he wanted to keep her for himself. Then she turned the tables on him by being defiant, and not at all docile.”

Endeavor set up the project for Ohayon, who has also filmed a docu about Thompson’s date service business. Ohayon has also been developing a dramatic film version of “Colors Straight Up” with Morgan Freeman and wrote the script “Steal a Pencil for Me,” which she plans to direct for “Colors Straight Up” producer Hawk Koch.

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