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Sony Family Pix tames WWII animal hero pitch

Script bought for mid-six-figure sum

HOLLYWOOD — Sony Pictures Family Entertainment has bitten on Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton’s script pitch about animals that served with American troops during World War II.

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

Story centers on a stray dog who is “enlisted” against his will and winds up working with a young sergeant determined to keep his men alive on missions behind enemy lines. The story is described by Heuton as “similar to ‘Babe’ in that the animals talk, but it’s more of an action-adventure story.”

Sony bought the pitch for an undisclosed mid-six-figure sum. 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).

Among projects Klawans has set up are “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 represented in the deal by Rand Holston of CAA. Klawans was represented by attorney Adam Kaller of Behr and Abramson.

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