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Producers take ‘Dogs’ for walk

Ex-con Bunker pens Shane, Romano project

Before producers Michel Shane and Tony Romano see their new Leonardo DiCaprio starrer “Catch Me If You Can” go into production at DreamWorks next spring, they will move forward on another crime drama, “Dog Eat Dog.”

It’s an indie that author and ex-con screenwriter Edward Bunker (“Animal Factory”) is adapting with the project’s director, Steve Anderson (“South Central”).

“Dog” is Bunker’s autobiographical story of three young and committed criminals who decide to target the group least likely to call the cops: other crooks. Shane and Romano’s Magellin Filmed Entertainment has budgeted “Dog” in the neighborhood of $5 million with equity financing. A November start is planned.

“Dog Eat Dog” was originally optioned by indie producers Edward Pressman and Ken Lipper in 1996. After that option expired, Anderson optioned the book from Bunker, who spent 17 years behind bars for bank robbery and is a former member of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List.

Since then, Bunker has written the screenplays for the Dustin Hoffman prison drama “Straight Time” (based on Bunker’s novel “No Beast So Fierce”), “Runaway Train” and “Animal Factory,” which he also adapted from his own novel.

Barry Kemp is producing “Catch” with Shane and Romano, with Dovorah Moos-Hankin serving as co-producer; DreamWorks’ Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will serve as executive producers.

Magellin also recently wrapped the indie “Rennie’s Landing,” starring Peter Facinelli and Scott Foley and directed by Marc Fusco.

Anderson is repped by attorney Linda Lichter at Lichter, Grossman, Nichols and Adler. Bunker is repped by Jeanne Field at Windfall Management.

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