×

Uhls eyes Jersey’s ‘Pagan’

Scribe's 'Mardi,' 'Monkey' set up with Egg, Tribeca

Jersey Films is in final negotiations to ink a mid-six-figure deal with “Fight Club” scribe Jim Uhls to adapt “Pagan Babies” from the novel by Elmore Leonard.

Project will be produced by Jersey toppers Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher. Kevin Hardesty, Jersey’s veep of production, brought Uhls to Jersey’s attention.

“Pagan Babies” revolves around Father Terry Dunn, a Rwandan missionary who had fled the U.S. to avoid prison after police cracked his cigarette smuggling scam.

Universal and Jersey snagged the film rights in April, slapping down mid-six-figures against $2.5 million to $3 million. “Pagan Babies” is due in bookstores via Delacore in early September. (Daily Variety, April 10, 2000).

Jersey previously produced movie versions of two other Leonard novels: “Out of Sight” and “Get Shorty.”

Uhls created and is exec producing for DreamWorks/NBC a midseason pickup, “Semper Fi,” which chronicles an entering class of Marines on Parris Island.

Last year, Uhls sold his original spec “Mace & Mardi” to Jodie Foster’s Paramount-based Egg Pictures. Foster is attached to produce and star. Icon is also on board as producer, and Gibson may reteam with Foster and co-star. Uhls is rewriting the script.

Uhls also wrote “Trick Monkey,” set up with MGM for Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Prods.

Jersey was unavailable for comment.

Uhls’ deal is being negotiated by his agent Jim Rosen at Broder, Kurland, Webb, Uffner and attorney Alan Hergott at Bloom, Hergott, Diemer and Cook.

More Film

  • The Lion King

    'The Lion King' Tops $130 Million Overseas

    Disney’s “The Lion King” has roared past $130 million in international ticket sales ahead of its domestic debut, led by $76.6 million in its first week in China. Other markets began launching Wednesday, led by France with $8.3 million in its first two days with the second-biggest opening day for a Disney movie after “Avengers: [...]

  • The Lion King The Gift

    Album Review: Beyoncé’s 'The Lion King: The Gift'

    Before touching down on what Beyoncé has called her “love letter to Africa,” it’s important to see what may have brought her to the mother of mankind, with its wide vistas and sonic planes, for “The Gift” in the first place — beyond, of course, voicing Nala in the film and whatever international marketing tie-ins [...]

  • The Lion King

    'The Lion King' Roars to $23 Million Opening on Thursday Night

    Disney’s “The Lion King” has pounced on a mighty $23 million in North American locations in Thursday night preview showings. It’s the biggest preview number since Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” set the record on April 27 with $60 million. “The Lion King” is expected to debut with $150 million this weekend. Some forecasts estimate the tentpole [...]

  • Major Expansion Planned at Belfast Harbour

    Major Expansion Planned at Belfast Harbour Studios, Home of ‘Krypton’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    Belfast Harbour Studios in Northern Ireland, where the Syfy series “Krypton” is shot, is set for a major expansion. The Warner Horizon-produced series has occupied the full site, which currently has two stages, since it opened in 2017. The landowners had signaled that they wanted to expand, and Variety has learned that plans for the [...]

  • Disney Movies

    Why Audiences Are Only Going to Disney Movies

    Julie Bikhman of Manhattan might buy the tickets, but when it comes to deciding what movie to see, her three young children are the ones calling the shots. “We pick them,” her 11-year-old daughter Annie declares before heading into a screening of Disney’s live-action “The Lion King.” “If it’s a Marvel movie, we know it’s [...]

  • Rob Schneider'The Week Of' film premiere,

    Rob Schneider Running for SAG-AFTRA Board, Supporting Matthew Modine

    Rob Schneider is running for a SAG-AFTRA national board seat as a member of presidential candidate Matthew Modine’s progressive Membership First slate and as a representative of the union’s San Francisco branch. Schneider is a former cast member on “Saturday Night Live” with movie credits on “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” “The Hot Chick,” “The Benchwarmers,” [...]

  • The Lion King

    'Lion King' VFX Supervisor Rob Legato to Keynote at the 2019 View Conference

    Rob Legato, visual effects supervisor of “The Lion King,” “The Addams Family” co-director Conrad Vernon and Baobab Studios’ co-founder and chief creative officer Eric Darnell, director of the VR studio’s Emmy- and Annie-winning VR short “Crow: The Legend,” are rounding out the keynote speakers at this fall’s 20th edition of the View Conference in Turin, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content