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Fox bags ‘Cat’ for Evans, de la Torre

Twentieth Century Fox has bought Ian Seeberg’s family adventure spec script “Cat and Mouse” for producers David Mickey Evans and Dale de la Torre, sources said.

This marks their second major production deal at the studio since signing a two-year first-look there last March. The producing duo’s first project at Fox was the kiddie baseball pic “The Sandlot.”

Sources said the script is about a big-city family who end up on the run and have to adapt to life in a small Midwestern burg.

This sale comes on the heels of Fox’s production deal with Nickelodeon (Daily Variety, May 17) and further solidifies Fox chair Peter Chernin’s commitment to pushing family fare.

While Fox would not confirm the sale, sources reported that United Talent Agency’s Jeremy Zimmer — who represents both Evans, de la Torre and Seeberg — ironed out the deal late last week.

Zimmer showed the script to the producers about two weeks ago, sources said, and Fox promptly picked it up.

At this point, the script has yet to pick up a director.

Prior to this, Seeberg wrote the spec script “Timers,” a yet-to-be-produced feature film that was sold to MGM in 1990. He also wrote “Higher Ground,” later retitled “Temptation,” a film that has been optioned by De Laurentiis Communications. He is also reported to have sold a script to Hollywood Pictures, which is currently looking for a director.

Sources said that entertainment lawyer Steve Warren, of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller and Hoberman, was also instrumental in finalizing the sale.

In addition to this sale, Fox has reportedly also hired David Loughry to rewrite the spec script “Simon Says,” a black/white buddy actioner, which was originally penned by Jonathan Hensleigh. That project is set to be produced by Robert Lawrence. Fox would not comment.

Loughry recently wrote the script for Touchstone’s “Three Musketeers,” which is now filming in Vienna and several Italian locales.

This current big-budget version of Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel stars Charlie Sheen, Oliver Platt and Chris O’Donnell (“Scent of a Woman”), among others.