‘Rain’ pours Par coin to Murphy

Baseball spec sells for low-six against high-six figures

Scribe Chris Murphy has sold his spec script “Rain Delay” to Paramount Pictures for a low-six- against high-six-figure package.

Richard Zanuck, who brought the project into the studio, persuaded Par execs to pony up the cash for him to produce.

“Delay” revolves around the poignant relationship between a minor league baseball player who never really got his shot and the young protege who helps him turn his life around.

Murphy has sold two other projects this year: “Heaven’s Staircase,” which is set up at Par-based Mandalay Pictures in conjunction with Michelle Pfeiffer’s Via Rosa Prods., and “The Ties That Bind,” set up at Tom Berry’s indie Legend Entertainment.

Murphy’s deal was brokered by his agents Jordan Bayer and Matt Leipzig of Original Artists as well as lawyer Bryan Wolf of Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer.

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