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DreamWorks lights ‘Fire’

Mendes putting 'Things' in order

DreamWorks swooped in and bought the spec script “Things We Lost in the Fire” by Allan Loeb for Sam Mendes to produce. The script went out over the July 4th weekend and caused a stir, but the deal was sealed – in large part due to the appeal of Mendes, who has a production shingle at DreamWorks – before most other majors could get in on the bidding. In the film, after a woman’s husband dies suddenly, leaving her alone with two children, she invites her husband’s troubled best friend to live with them. As the friend turns his life around, he helps the fractured family confront the emotional void left by the loss.

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