Fox reclaims Shawn Levy’s Kodachrome

Project had gone to DreamWorks but Fox sez not so fast

Fox has taken DreamWorks’ Kodachrome away.

Last month, DreamWorks made a preemptive buy of an untitled pitch from “Real Steel” director Shawn Levy and the Gotham Group about the country’s last remaining Kodachrome color photo lab. Jonathan Tropper is attached to write the script based on a New York Times article, with Levy directing.

Problem was, Levy has a first-look deal with Fox, which intervened when it found out the project was shopped to a rival studio.

It was the result of an honest error, sources tell Variety — producers initially brought the pitch to Fox 2000, which passed. Believing that represented due diligence under Levy’s Fox pact, producers next went to DreamWorks, which went for it (though sources say no money changed hands).

But 20th Century Fox caught wind of the deal, decided it ultimately liked the project and, citing its deal with Levy, yanked it back onto its development slate, where it stands today.

Fox and DreamWorks declined to comment.

Pic will be fashioned as a road trip pic, following a father and son’s race across the country as they try to reach the Kansas lab before it closes forever.

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