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ChubbCo picks projects for film, interactive, TV

Film rights to novelist Barbara Kingsolver’s “Pigs in Heaven” and Delacorta’s “The Rap Factor” have been optioned by ChubbCo, the new film/TV/interactive company formed by former Pressman Films exec Caldecott Chubb.

“Pigs in Heaven,” a sequel to the bestseller “The Bean Trees,” is the story of an adopted child and the two women fighting over custody.

It’s a summer 1993 release from HarperCollins.

Delacorta’s “Rap” centers on a black private eye. Chubb is partnered with John Solomon and has pic in development at Touchstone.

Chubb said he set up on his own shingle to “take more responsibility for material I’m most interested in doing. The type of thing I’m attracted to are large-canvas dramas and finding a new slant on more traditional genres.”

Writer-director Michael Almereyda’s “Happy Here and Now,” will probably be first before the cameras. Chubb will exec produce the violent love story set on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. New York-based Shooting Gallery is producing the film in the fall with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Ethan Hawke attached to star.

Also prominent in Chubb’s development arena is the exploitation of interactive properties. With Galaxy Films and Nelvana, he’s involved in “Cadillacs and Dinosaurs,” to be a Saturday morning animated series this fall on CBS. With Chicago-based DC True, he’s developing an interactive property for PC and Mac platforms.

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