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Fox 2000 buys ‘Noel’ script

Makes pre-emptive bid on Yuletide tale

Fox 2000 made a preemptive bid late Monday for David Hubbard’s spec script “Noel” for producers Lynda Obst and Howard Rosenman.

The studio paid a low against mid-six figures to take the bittersweet Christmas drama off the market, according to sources. A number of other parties had expressed interest in the property.

“Noel,” which takes place in New York on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, weaves together four stories of people desperate to avoid the loneliness of the holidays.

In one strand, a young street hustler gets a neighborhood tough to break his hands so he can spend Christmas in the hospital; in another, a jealous policeman gets a life lesson from a local crazy person who swears the cop is the reincarnation of his long lost wife.

Fox 2000 senior VP Carla Hacken brought the script into the studio. Hubbard was repped by Rich Freeman at Writers & Artists.

Obst produced the upcoming Sandra Bullock-starrer “Hope Floats” for 20th Century Fox. She and Rosenman are now at work on the music-driven drama “Ghetto Fabulous” at Fox 2000.