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‘Animal Cruelty’ roars at Lionsgate

Studio nabs Adam Sachs' comedy spec

Lionsgate has acquired comedy spec “Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty” from Adam Sachs and set it up with Todd Garner’s Broken Road Prods. and Energy Entertainment.

Story centers on the friendship between a drunk, middle-aged reporter and a teenager who bond while finding themselves somehow pitted against a group of fanatical protesters.

Garner’s producing along with Energy topper Brooklyn Weaver, who is also Sachs’ manager. Adam Marshall of Energy will co-produce, and Sean Robins, who found the project for Broken Road, will be attached in some producing capacity.

Garner was attached last month to produce a pair of comedy projects — MGM’s “The Zookeeper,” along with director Walt Becker, and Johnny Rosenthal’s action-adventure “Iron Jack” for Sony.

Weaver came aboard in March with Relativity Media, Scott Free and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way to produce Brad Ingelsby’s drama “The Low Dweller,” to be directed by Ridley Scott and star DiCaprio.

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