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“Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes and his Hazy Mills Prods. partner Todd Milliner have pacted with Walden Media for a bigscreen comedy for Hayes to star in.

Walden Media execs are looking for a writer for the untitled comedy about a social misfit who seems like he’ll finally be free of his domineering mother, until her soul leaps into his body right after her fatal accident.

Hayes said he hopes to make the film on a hiatus from his NBC sitcom.

He’ll spend his upcoming hiatus making “Simon Says,” a Revolution comedy set up last year by producers Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Eric Gold. Script’s about to be delivered by Jeremy Miller and Dan Cohn; Hayes will star in it when his sitcom wraps its seventh season in March.

“The models for me were John Ritter and Martin Short on TV and Steve Martin and Jerry Lewis in the movies,” said Hayes, who played the latter in the CBS telepic “Martin and Lewis.”

Hayes and Milliner also have set up several small-screen producing projects. After a Bravo deal on “Situation: Comedy” (a Project Greenlight-style documentary series that attempts to find the next big sitcom), that network has bought their pilot “Underexposed,” a program in which two competing filmmakers are given two days and $2,000 to make the same movie from a script that Hazy Mills provides.

Hayes and Milliner are partnered with Lawrence Bender and Kevin Brown on “Normal State,” a sitcom being done for NBC-Universal.

Duo also has just made a deal to turn the Paul Gilligan-created Universal Press Syndicate comic strip “Pooch Cafe” into an animated half-hour series. Hayes and Milliner will co-produce with Bridget McMeel and John Glynn of Amuse, a division of Universal Press Syndicate formed to foster showbiz tie-ins for its creations.

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