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Helmer Tennant believes in an ‘Afterlife’ with Sony

Jashni, Mordaunt to exec produce pic

Andy Tennant has found an “Afterlife” after “Anna and the King.” The helmer is in talks to direct and rewrite the Joss Whedon sci-fi thriller script for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Pic is being developed by producers Ned and Nancy Graham Tanen, and Warners-based producer Denise Di Novi for Col.

Whedon’s script sold to Sony back in 1994 for $1.5 million against $2 million (Daily Variety, Sept. 26, 1994) well before his “Toy Story” catapulted him to heavyweight scripter status: He subsequently penned Fox’s upcoming “X-Men” and 1997’s “Alien: Resurrection.”

“Afterlife” concerns a brilliant but ailing scientist whose imminent demise is staved off by a secret, company-sponsored brain transplant — unfortunately, into the body of an escaped serial killer.

There is also a romantic dimension, with the newly mind-grafted hero seeking to reunite with his middle-aged wife, all the while fighting subconscious inclinations to go on a killing spree.

Tennant’s producing partners Jon Jashni and Wink Mordaunt are aboard as exec producers.

Tennant last helmed “Anna and the King,” viewed as a box office disappointment domestically for Fox (taking $39 million so far), though the pic has brought in $107 million worldwide.

Tennant also directed and co-wrote “Ever After,” and helmed “Fools Rush in.”

The project is being overseen at Columbia by exec veepee of production Doug Belgrad.

Tennant was repped by Bruce Kaufman at Broder, Kurland, Webb, Uffner and by attorney Steve Warren of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller & Hoberman.

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