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Mouse, Keaton in talks for ‘Strangers’ project

Comedy thriller fetes superhero torn over love

Disney has purchased a pitch by scribe Todd Durham tentatively titled “Strangers in the Night,” and the Mouse House is negotiating for Michael Keaton to star and exec produce.

Durham will be paid a low-six-figure sum. Project will be overseen by Buena Vista Motion Picture Group co-presidents Todd Garner and Nina Jacobson.

The edgy comedic thriller concerns a lonely guy torn between pursuing the woman of his dreams and maintaining his thankless, secret identity as the man who protects the world from scary supernatural creatures of the night.

Disney is close to deals for the project’s producers, Harry Columby and Jennifer Keohane. They produced the upcoming New Line drama “Body Shots,” with an ensemble cast of Sean Patrick Flannery, Tara Reid, Jerry O’Connell, Amanda Peet and Brad Rowe. Pic is due in theaters Oct. 22; Keaton served as exec producer.

Durham is writing two other projects based on original pitches: the romantic comedy “The Handyman” for Warner Bros. and the Christmas comedy “Auntie Claus” for Rosie O’Donnell and Nickelodeon.

Durham was repped by his agents, Hohman Maybank Lieb.

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