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U drafts ‘Tale’ scribe

Letterman poised to pen 'Unprofessionals' pic

Rob Letterman, co-writer and co-director of DreamWorks’ “Shark Tale,” has signed on at Universal to pen his first live-action feature.

“The Unprofessionals” is a military comedy in the vein of “Stripes”; “The Fast and the Furious” producer Neal Moritz is in negotiations to produce.

U would not comment on negotiations except to confirm they were ongoing.

Universal production exec Scott Bernstein will oversee development should a deal be reached.

DreamWorks’ “Shark Tale” grossed just shy of $160 million as of Dec. 10.

The Sony-based Moritz is producing “Spy Hunter” at U with helmer John Woo; at Sony-based Revolution Studios he is producing “XXX: State of the Union,” helmed by Lee Tamahori.

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