D’Works jams for ‘Saints’

Scribe lands six figure deal for sports comedy

DreamWorks Pictures has jumped through Phil Beauman’s hoop, inking a mid-six figure against high-six figure deal to preemptively snatch up his pitch “Southside Saints.”

“Saints” is a sports comedy about an unlucky high school basketball coach who ends his losing streak by recruiting from a local juvenile detention center. When the multi-ethnic players arrive, they create chaos on the court and in the classroom.

Beauman, whose recent credits include “Scary Movie” and Col’s “Not Another Teen Movie,” said he was inspired by the urban street ballplayers featured in Nike’s “And 1” TV commercials, which feature hip-hop-style athletes — youngsters who, Beauman said, “are as concerned with their on-court acrobatics and dance moves as putting a ball through a hoop.”

Trio producing

Pic is being produced by Immortal Entertainment’s Cary Woods, Happy Walters and Matt Weaver. Immortal VP Scott Nemes helped pitch the project with Woods to DreamWorks DeLuca and production exec Leah Keith, who both agreed the studio should snap it up.

Beauman, who will be exec producing on “Saints,” also recently set up “AWOL” at New Line Cinema with Ice Cube attached to the project. “AWOL” also will be produced with Walters’ Immortal Entertainment (Daily Variety, Aug. 19).

Beauman was repped in the deal by tenpercentery Paradigm.

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