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WB hires See’s ‘Handyman’

Mad Chance to produce Random novel as pic

Warner Bros. has made a swift outright purchase of film rights to the forthcoming Carolyn See novel “The Handyman” for Andrew Lazar’s Mad Chance Prods., sources said.

No screenwriter or other elements have yet been attached to the “Handyman” project.

Sources familiar with “Handyman” described the story as a light-hearted drama in the tone of “Good Will Hunting.” Story centers on a handyman who’s bad at repairing the things he’s hired to fix, but good at fixing the messed-up lives of the people who hire him. Because of the handyman’s compassion and wisdom, people pour out their problems to him.

See’s novel, her sixth, is coming from Random House. Her nonfiction memoir, “Dreaming: Hard Luck and Good Times in America,” had previously been under option, with Winona Ryder attached, according to sources, but so far none of See’s books have been adapted for the screen.

WB president of production Lorenzo Di Bonaventura greenlit the “Handyman” buy Monday night.

WB production exec Jeff Robinov will oversee the project for the studio.

Mad Chance has a first-look deal with Warner Bros., where it has several projects set up. Pics at other studios include Rand Ravich’s “The Astronaut’s Wife,” for New Line, starring Johnny Depp.

See was repped in the deal by CAA, in conjunction with her literary co-agent, Anne Sibbald, of Janklow & Nesbit Associates.