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Nash incubates ‘Dreamland’

'Karate Kid' remake scribe Murphey pens biopic

Nash Entertainment is going to “Dreamland,” developing a biopic about the man who popularized baby incubators from a script by Christopher Murphey (“The Karate Kid”).

Nash Entertainment president Bruce Nash and feature film chief Robert Kosberg will produce. The duo’s discussing the script with financiers and starting to meet with directors.

Murphey’s attachment to “Dream-land” comes as the scribe is on a roll in the wake of the success of “The Karate Kid” remake. His TV pilot “Body of Proof,” starring Dana Delany, has been picked up for the ABC fall schedule with Murphey as the creator and exec producer, partnered with Matt Gross.

“Dreamland” is centered on Dr. Martin A. Couney, who operated the attraction of the same name at Coney Island from 1903 to the early 1940s. Couney began his work in the late 19th century in Germany at a time when premature babies were usually expected to die. Couney died largely forgotten in 1950. Nash came up with the idea for “Dreamland” after seeing a doc about Coney Island, noting a key event involving little people who put out a fire at Dreamland.

Other Nash Entertainment feature projects include “Girl Most Wanted” in development at Fox 2000, in association with Spyglass with Katherine Heigl attached to star and produce; “Home Movies” at Dreamworks, in association with 21 Laps with Shawn Levy attached to direct and produce; and “Staycation,” set up at Warner Brothers with Todd Phillip’s company Green Hat Films to produce.

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