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Fox pays a visit to tyro scribe’s ‘Headhunters’

Pic links Morgan and Schindler

Fox has paid low- to mid-six figures for the option on tyro novelist Jules Bass’ tentatively titled comic novel “Headhunters.” Leslie Morgan (“To Die For”) of Diamond Heart Prods. and Gotham-based producer Deborah Schindler (“Waiting to Exhale”) are attached to produce.

Described as a quintessential beach read, the book is pitched as “The First Wives Club” meets “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”

The comic manuscript concerns four single fortysomething Jersey women who fly to Monte Carlo pretending to be rich heiresses in hopes of landing wealthy husbands. There, they are targeted by four down-on-their-luck gigolos who are trying to pass as wealthy playboys.

‘Skate’ ready to roll

Upcoming Diamond Heart productions include comedy “Shockproof Sydney Skate,” slotted to begin shooting this summer in New York, and the military drama “The Last Days.”

Schindler’s forthcoming slate includes Forest Whitaker directed “The Falconer” and the Jan De Bont co-production “Zero Hour.”

The bicoastal production will be the first teaming of Morgan and Schindler.

The sale was negotiated by Dan Strone at William Morris. Publishing rights for the book have yet to be sold; they are being handled by WMA’s Mel Berger.

Executive production veep Elizabeth Gabler and production president Tom Rothman oversaw the film deal on behalf of the studio.