Fox cooks up Hyman pact

Studio adds twist to scribe's deal

In a rare term deal with a screenwriter, 20th Century Fox has inked a first-look pact with Marc Hyman, who recently penned “The God of Cookery” for the studio.

Under the one-year pact, Hyman must first bring all his ideas and original screenplays to Fox, but he has the freedom to write on any other assignment.

Under the terms of the deal, Hyman will receive a high-six- against seven-figure sum for each of his original pieces.

Fox execs Hutch Parker and Nate Hopper were instrumental in striking the “artist in residence”-style deal for Tom Rothman’s 20th division.

Hyman first came to the studio’s attention after Fox Animation Studios (then named Fox Family Films) picked up his “Fish Out of Water” screenplay after it was put into turnaround by DreamWorks. Now in development at Fox Animation, the toon feature concerns a group of fish who race to be the first to evolve from the water and walk on land.

The former TV scribe (“Saved by the Bell: The College Years”) also wrote the animated comedy “Osmosis Jones” for Warner Bros. Feature Animation. “Osmosis” is currently in production with Chris Rock voicing the main character, a streetwise blood cell who teams with an inexperienced cold tablet (David Hyde Pierce) to thwart an evil virus bent on destroying the body of a construction worker.

Based on “Fish” and “Osmosis,” Fox hired Hyman to pen the live action feature “God of Cookery,” a remake of the Hong Kong comedy about an obnoxious TV cooking show host that is being developed as a starring vehicle for Jim Carrey. Hyman is currently writing a polish of the screenplay, which will soon be submitted to Carrey for approval.

Hyman’s other projects include an untitled comedy project for Disney-based producers Barry Sonnenfeld and Barry Josephson and “The Perfect Score,” which he’ll co-write with John Zack, based on Hyman’s pitch, for Spyglass and Paramount.

Hyman is repped by the William Morris Agency and attorney Robert Offer.