U earns its stripes with ‘Tiger’ buy

Universal Pictures has purchased Jerome Gary’s action-adventure spec script, “Tiger, Tiger,” sources confirmed.

While financial details were not available, Gary reportedly will receive $ 200,000 against $ 400,000, while producers Robert Harris and Jim Korris will be paid $ 500,000 in producing fees plus an additional $ 200,000 production bonus.

Gary also will receive a producing credit.

Described as a cross between “Free Willy” and “Born Free,””Tiger, Tiger” is the story of a tiger captured by a big-game hunter and taken to Los Angeles. Eventually, the tiger escapes and roams the city’s urban jungle. While the hunter and a young boy try to capture the tiger, the police bring in an animal hunter to kill him.

The deal — brokered by the William Morris Agency’s Jonathan Sheinberg.

Although Universal’s Casey Silver and Barry Isaacson were the executives responsible for getting the studio to buy “Tiger, Tiger,” sources also said that it was a favorite project of several other key MCA executives, because of the film’s potential for tie-ins to theme park attractions and merchandising.

If the film succeeds, according to some, U may create a “Tiger, Tiger” attraction at its Universal City and/or Florida theme parks.

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