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New Line present for ‘Birth’ pitch

Studio nabs 'Mother' for trio

New Line has made a preemptive purchase of Seth Bass and Jonathan Tolins’ comedy pitch “Birth Mother” and set it up with David Kirschner, Corey Sienega and Nick Davis.

Project centers on the complications that ensue when a young couple, unsuccessful in trying to conceive, turn to the wife’s domineering mother to carry their baby.

“Going to Lamaze classes with your mother-in-law isn’t something that most people would go though, but it is something everyone can relate to,” Bass told Daily Variety.

It’s the third teaming of the scripting team with producers Kirschner and Sienega on a New Line project. Bass and Tolins wrote “Martian Child,” based on a short story by sci-fi author David Gerrold and due out next year starring John Cusack and Amanda Peet. They also are penning “Santa, Inc.” for the mini-major, based on James Patterson’s book about the 10-year-old daughter of the billionaire who has acquired ownership of Santa Claus.

Kirschner and Sienega are teamed with Phoenix Pictures on “Miss Potter,” due out Dec. 29 toplining Renee Zellweger. They also produced New Line’s 2003 release “Second Hand Lions.”

Bass and Tolins are writing “The McCrearys” for DreamWorks, based on a segment from Public Radio Intl.’s “This American Life.” web only They’re repped by WMA and managed by Field Entertainment.

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