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Sony Family pix tames WWII animal hero pitch

Witt, Klawans to oversee actioner

Sony Pictures Family Entertainment has bitten on Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton’s script pitch about animals that served with American troops during WWII, paying a mid-six-figure sum.

The untitled project was acquired for Paul Witt (“Three Kings”) and David Klawans. It’s based on true stories of animals, including a dog, pigeon, horse and cat, honored for their combat actions.

Pic will center on a stray dog who is enlisted against its will and winds up working with a young sergeant determined to keep his men alive on missions behind enemy lines.

Heuton said the pitch is “similar to ‘Babe’ in that the animals talk, but it’s more of an action-adventure story.”

Kim Roth, formerly senior vice president of Witt-Thomas Prods., brought the project to Sony’s Bob Higgins.

Higgins and Stacey Attanasio will oversee the project for the studio. Roth, who works for Imagine Entertainment, will serve as exec producer.

Busy scribes

Falacci and Heuton previously sold the pitch “Special Weapons” to Universal for Imagine Entertainment and the spec script “Northwest Harbor” to Warner Bros. They are also the writers on “Three Miles Down,” a project with AMG and director Andrew Davis (Daily Variety, Oct. 6).

Klawans has also set up “Anything for You” at Universal and “Hot” at Columbia.

The deal with Sony was brokered by Caren Bohrman of the Bohrman Agency. Falacci and Heuton are represented by Matt Leipzig and Jordan Bayer of Original Artists, and attorney Alan Hergott. Witt was repped in the deal by Rand Holston of CAA, Klawans by attorney Adam Kaller of Behr and Abramson.