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New Line ropes rodeo spec

Studio flying high on 'Wings'

New Line’s riding with “Paper Wings,” snapping up Les Bohem’s spec set in the worlds of rodeo and country music and setting it up with newly minted producer Marty Bowen.

Story centers on a young rodeo champion struggling between his career and his romance with an up-and-coming country singer. Bohem and Bowen developed the story while meeting last June at the Nashville Screenwriters Conference, which Bohem and Karen Murphy organize annually.

“Marty’s from Texas and knows a lot about bull riding, and I’ve been wanting for a long time to write about the music business,” said Bohem, who was a member of the bands Sparks and Gleaming Spires in the 1970s and 1980s. Bohem’s already written several songs for “Paper Wings.”

Bohem’s credits include “The Alamo” on the bigscreen and Steven Spielberg’s 2002 sci-fi miniseries “Taken,” for which he also penned several songs. He’s also writing for Spielberg’s “Nine Lives,” which Sci Fi Channel recently greenlit.

Deal for “Paper Wings” is the final one Bowen made while a partner at UTA, from which he recently ankled to form a producing shingle with Davis Entertainment prexy Wyck Godfrey. The duo have signed a first-look deal at New Line.

Cale Boyter and Sam Brown will oversee the project for the studio.

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