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If you develop it, they will greenlight. Or that’s producer Marvin Worth’s hope, as he has just tapped screenwriters Neal Israel and Stuart Birnbaum to adapt W.P. Kinsella’s novel “If Wishes Were Horses” for Fox 2000.

Kinsella is best known in Hollywood for penning “Shoeless Joe,” the novel that inspired Universal’s “Field of Dreams.” That novel, which is currently in its 35th printing, had originally been optioned by Fox before U picked up the option, so the latest Kinsella adaptation would mark a homecoming of sorts for the work of the celebrated author.

“If Wishes Were Horses” features several characters from other Kinsella novels, including “Shoeless Joe’s” Ray Kinsella (played in the film by Kevin Costner), and it tells the story of a washed-up baseball player who gets a chance to relive his life in an alternate reality.

Worth’s credits as a producer include “Lenny” and “Malcolm X.” He is currently in pre-production at Warner Bros. on “The James Dean Story.” Israel and Birnbaum’s other credits include “Mrs. C.,” which is in development at Fox 2000.

Becsey, Wisdom and Kalajian represents Israel. Jerry Kalajian put the package together. Geoffrey Brandt and manager Doug Drazin handle Birnbaum. Kinsella’s book deal was brokered by Caroline Swayze.

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