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Phase One buys ‘Farm’ thriller

Joe Wizan and Don Schneider’s Phase One Prods. has optioned screenwriter Mark Groubert’s suspense-thriller pitch “The Farm.”

The story explores the relationship between a veteran CIA agent and a new recruit who stumbles into danger during a routine training excercise.

“The Farm” was brought into Phase One by development executive Jeffrey Marks. The production company, which has a first look deal at Paramount, used its discretionary fund to option the property.

Groubert, the New York-based former editor of National Lampoon and MTV Magazine, has produced a number of comedy specials for HBO, including John Leguizamo’s one-man show “Mambo Mouth,” “Mo Funny: Black Comedy in America” and “On the Ledge.”

Groubert’s current projects include “Black to Africa,” a comedy now in develpment at Fox Family Films; “Abbie,” a biopic to which Mark Rydelll is attached to direct; and “Aurora House,” an indie comedy that Groubert hopes to direct in the fall.

Vincent Gerardis at the Agency negotiated the deal on behalf of the writer.

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