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Fickman to grow ‘Tomatoes’

Killer veggie cult hit to be penned by 'Reefer' helmer

Andy Fickman, the Ovation-winning director of the play “Reefer Madness,” has signed on to pen “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes 2,” the continuation of the homicidal vegetable franchise that was launched in 1978 with the cult hit “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!”

Tim Daly and J. Todd Harris’ Daly-Harris Prods. will produce “Tomatoes 2” in conjunction with John De Bello’s Four Square Prods. De Bello directed and co-wrote the original “Tomatoes” as well as its sequels “Return of the Killer Tomatoes!” (1988), “Killer Tomatoes Strike Back!” (1990) and “Killer Tomatoes Eat France!” (1991).

Although “Killer Tomatoes” has long been a standard on the midnight-movie college circuit, “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” was also a 1990 kids animated series on the Fox Children’s Network.

Fickman, who also serves as senior VP production at Middle Fork Prods., may also direct “Tomatoes 2” if his “Reefer” duties allow. He is writing the screenplay, which will relaunch the “Killer Tomatoes” franchise in the direction of the controversy surrounding genetically modified foods.

“Return of the Killer Tomatoes” featured a then-unknown George Clooney. The original series of films was written by De Bello, Costa Dillon and Steve Peace, who is now a California state senator.

Major Clients’ Ken Greenblatt and Adam Kaller of Behr, Abramson & Kaller negotiated Fickman’s deal. Harris along with Four Square producer and general counsel Michael Bayer handled negotiations for Four Square and Daly-Harris.

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