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‘Strange’ days for Viviano, Moritz at Sony

Beutler, Howard sell spec for mid-six figures

Sony Pictures has purchased the spec “Strange Love” by Chris Beutler and Jeff Howard for Neil Moritz’s Sony-based Original Films and Bettina Sofia Viviano’s Viviano Entertainment for a mid-six figures.

After Beutler and Howard pitched the idea for “Love” to Moritz and Original exec VP Brad Luff, the writers were expected to work on a treatment, but in less than a week they hammered out a complete script. Upon reading it, Sony took it off the market for Moritz and Viviano to produce.

Brad Luff brought the project to Original and will serve as executive producer; Sony exec Matt Tolmach will shepherd the project for the studio.

Script is a romantic comedy about a man who falls in love with a woman whom he may have known in his past.

Pasts and presents

Moritz just finished production on “Skulls,” starring Josh Jackson for Newmarket Capital; Viviano recently served as producer on “Three to Tango,” starring Neve Campbell, Matthew Perry, Dylan McDermott and Oliver Platt for Warner Bros.

Beutler and Howard are currently developing “Dickie Rank” with producer Gale Anne Hurd and Pacific Western as well as “Shackled” with Avnet-Kerner.

Viviano, also a manager, brokered the writers’ deal along with Jamie Kershaw of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols and Adler. Howard Abramson of Behr and Abramson represents Moritz.

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