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Roth driven by ‘Animal’ urges

Revolution tabs Schneider to topline organ-switch pic

NEW YORK — Joe Roth’s Revolution Studios has added the Rob Schneider comedy “Animal” to its stable of go movies. Picked up from Disney, “Animal” has been greenlit for an Oct. 1 start, with Schneider being paid a low seven-figure sum to play a man whose internal organs have been replaced with those of various animals.

Schneider’s character displays the crude attributes of the critters, usually at the most inopportune times.

“Animal” is a reteam of most of the players behind “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” the surprise Disney hit that grossed north of $60 million domestically. In that film, Schneider played a male prostitute.

Like “Deuce,” “Animal” was set up at Disney under Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo’s Happy Madison banner. But after Disney “Deuce” architects Roth and Todd Garner moved over to Revolution — where Sandler has a producing deal — “Animal” migrated as well.

The film is scripted by Schneider and Tom Brady, based on an idea by Brady, and will be produced by Carr D’Angelo, Garner and Barry Bernardi, with Sandler and Giarraputo exec producing.

Revolution will move quickly to secure a director so that the film can be in production by fall. It’s slotted for release summer 2001.

Schneider’s repped by Endeavor.

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