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WB, Clooney take ‘Kisses’

Warner Bros. has picked up the romantic comedy pitch “A Thousand Kisses,” in a preemptive bid, for George Clooney and Robert Lawrence’s studio-based production company, Left Bank Prods. The price was undisclosed.

Written by Ryan Murphy, “A Thousand Kisses” was purchased as a possible starring vehicle for Clooney.

The comedy follows a woman who believes that the man who plants the thousandth kiss on her will be hers forever. Her boyfriend is a Richard Avedon-type photographer who breaks up with her on kiss No. 9,996. Believing in her heart that he is the man of her dreams, she attempts in wild, outlandish ways to get those last four kisses to seal their destiny.

The project will be produced by Clooney and Lawrence along with Murphy’s manager, Gina Matthews, of Tavel/Gross Entertainment.

“A Thousand Kisses” is not the only pitch that Left Bank has acquired. On its slate as well is “Becky Downtown,” which is set in the high-profile, high-stakes world of criminal law in New York City.

This marks the fifth sale for Murphy, following that of “Merry Christmas” to Fox 2000, “Why Can’t I Be Audrey Hepburn?,” which is at Lakeshore Entertainment, “Red White and Blue” to Universal Pictures and “Keeper of the Flame” to Working Title Films.

Murphy was repped in the deal by his agent, Lisa Callamaro, manager Matthews and attorney Craig Emanuel.

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