Hot scribe inks blind script pact

Paramount Pictures has signed Sheldon Turner, one of Hollywood’s most sought-after writers, to a blind script deal worth seven figures.

Deal comes on the heels of Adam Sandler committing to topline Par/Sony’s “The Longest Yard” after reading Turner’s first draft of the remake (Daily Variety, Jan. 26). “Yard,” expected to go into production this summer, was set up last July by Paramount at Sandler’s Sony-based Happy Madison Prods. and MTV.

Par exec VP Brian Witten will oversee the script deal for the studio.

Turner’s currently finishing an action spec. The scribe’s reps closed out 2003 negotiating a mid- against high-six-figure sale of the thriller “Scrawl” to MGM.

Turner was tapped last summer by the Lion to adapt psychological thriller “Pursuit,” with Will Smith and James Lasseter’s Overbrook Entertainment producing with Bob Wunch. He’s also writing “Overtime” at Warner Bros. with Ashton Kutcher and Sean Levy attached and “Up in the Air” with Ted Griffin attached to direct.

Turner was repped in the deal by Endeavor, managers Benderspink and attorney David Fox.

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