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U ‘Dolphin’ safe for home

Gaston penning live-action version of kids' book

Universal Studios Family & Home Entertainment is developing a live-action movie version of the classic children’s book “The Island of the Blue Dolphin” for a potential premiere on homevideo as early as next year.

Gigi Gaston has written a treatment and is penning a script for a remake of the movie that U first adapted in 1964.

USFHE prexy Louis Feola said the story, about a young Indian girl who gets left behind with her brother on one of the Channel Islands in the early 19th century, has been on his radar screen for some time because the book is filled with so much adventure and a strong female character. The girl not only has to learn how to live on her own, she also survives an earthquake, rescues a beached whale, befriends some dogs and becomes a vegetarian.

Feola added that despite the setting, the earthquake, the whale, etc., the movie could be shot on a reasonable budget.

Gaston’s documentary about Sophie Hawkins, “The Cream Will Rise,” is premiering exclusively on the Sundance Channel. Her script “Madame Lupescu” is set up at Imagine/Universal Pictures.

Gaston is repped by ICM and managed by Chris Ridenhour at Tavel Entertainment. Deal was done by Felker, Nelson, Levine & Dern.

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