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Landis makes producing debut with ‘Woogles’

'Chronicle' scribe sells pitch to Bekmambetov banner

Marking his producing debut, “Chronicle” scribe Max Landis has sold edgy family adventure pitch “Woogles” to Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs banner.

MTV’s “Teen Wolf” scribes Nick Antosca and Ned Vizzini will pen the script, based on an original idea from Landis.

Landis will produce along with BazelevsMichele Wolkoff and Bekmambetov, who most recently directed “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” for 20th Century Fox. “Woogles” Logline is being kept under wraps.

Bazelevs vfx arm CGF will develop the visual effects for “Woogles.” CGF also worked on the vfx for “Chronicle,” which employed a number of post houses around the globe. “Woogles” fits the company’s mandate of developing visually inventive projects concurrently with the script. Bazelevs’ indie development fund will finance.

“We are very excited to bring Max, Nick, and Ned’s vision to life,” Bekmambetov said. “Bazelevs considers itself a place for great, young talent to grow, and we look forward to working with this team.”

Besides “Teen Wolf,” Antosca and Vizzini are finishing ABC Family pilot “Valeri Merritt,” produced by Grady Twins Prods. Vizzini also wrote the book “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” which was turned into the 2010 Anna Boden-helmed film from Focus Features.

Antosca most recently penned novel “The Obese” from Lazy Fascist Press.

Pic marks the latest project for Landis, whose Fox pic “Chronicle” has grossed more than $116 million worldwide with territories yet to open. Scribe most recently signed on to write the sequel and is currently developing Universal’s “Amnesty” as a directing vehicle for Ron Howard.

WME reps Landis, Antosca, Vizzini and Bekmambetov. Circle of Confusion reps the former three.

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