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Fountainbridge to drive golf project for Connery

Scribe Kondell penning Bass concept

Sean Connery’s Sony Pictures-based Fountainbridge Films has inked a deal with Gotham-based scribe Kate Kondell to write an untitled golf project for the company.

Connery is attached to star in the film, based on an original idea by screenwriter Ron Bass; Connery, Bass and Fountainbridge prexy Rhonda Tollefson will produce.

Kondell, who recently sold the spec “NFL: A Love Story” to producer Billy Gerber and Warner Bros, will be paid a low-against mid-six figures for her services.

“With so many golf movies being developed, we were struck by how original an approach Kate’s was,” Tollefson said. “I loved her spec about the NFL and feel she can do the same thing for the world of golf.”

Sony Pictures’ senior veep of production, Matt Tolmach, will oversee the project for the studio.

Kondell’s “NFL: A Love Story” comically explores themes of homosexuality in the NFL. David O. Russell (“Three Kings”) is producing with Gerber.

Kondell, a graduate of Stanford U. and the Columbia U. film school who worked as Russell’s assistant, also recently sold an untitled TV pilot to 20th Century Fox Television.

Fountainbridge is developing several other projects, including “Lockerbie” and “42 Days” — both for Columbia Pictures.

UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Warren Dern of Nelson, Guggenheim, Felker & Levine repped Kondell on her deal. Sean Connery is repped by CAA.