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Lary Simpson hangs out prod’n shingle

Former entertainment attorney Lary Simpson has established his own eponymous production banner, based in Santa Monica.

Simpson will oversee development and production of three projects formerly being developed by his brother, the late Don Simpson, and Jerry Bruckheimer.

Among the projects to be developed under the Lary Simpson Prods. banner — and possibly for Jerry Bruckheimer Films to produce under that company’s deal with Disney — are “Eye of the Beholder,” a love story, which explores the politics of beauty in the ’90s; “Holistic Medicine,” about a widely respected doctor who turns to untraditional forms of medicine to save his dying wife; and “Blood of the Lamb,” the story of a priest and a scientist who clone Jesus Christ from the Shroud of Torin, but end up with the antichrist who has his own political agenda.

“Eye of the Beholder,” currently being scripted by Carol Wolper, and “Blood of the Lamb,” based on the book by Thomas F. Monteleone, are set up at Disney. The Ron Bass-scripted “Holistic Medicine,” based on Don Simpson’s original idea, is currently in turnaround.

“These are three projects that my brother was very passionate about, and I am looking forward to working with Jerry Bruckheimer to see them come to life,” said Simpson.

Simpson will independently develop other projects including two based on his own original screenplays: “Excelsior,” about a contemporary woman who has to rebuild her life and career after she discovers her husband has lied to her throughout their marriage; and “Zimmie,” the story of an Olympic skier who falls in love with the sister of his rival.

Additionally, Simpson will develop “Jack-a-jack,” an animated feature that is derived from a short story by Martin Amis from his “Einstein’s Monsters”; and “Hunting Every Man,” a treatment about two brothers separated at birth who are brought together when they fall in love with the same woman.

Before hanging out his production shingle, Simpson worked as a partner at the entertainment law firm Bloom, Hergott, Cook, Diemer & Klein. The Alaska native’s first job in the industry was as production counsel for the Columbia and TriStar labels at Sony.