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Fox is ‘Sweet’ on Spellman pitch

Scribe also sells "Stagga Lee" to Netco Urban Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD — Fox has made a low- against mid-six-figure deal for “Sweet Thing,” a romantic comedy pitch from scribe Malcolm Spellman.

Pitch, picked up by Fox’s production veep Vanessa Morrison with 3 Arts Entertainment’s Stephanie Allain attached to produce, centers on a struggling single mother from Inglewood, Calif., who aspires to do something more with her life. Working as a temp, she hustles her way into a job at a Beverly Hills law firm and hooks up with an old-money lawyer.

“It’s like an urban ‘Pretty Woman’,” Spellman told Daily Variety. “Could a stuffy Colin Powell type marry someone like (rapper) Lil’ Kim?”

Spellman, repped by ICM, currently is writing “Core,” an extreme-skateboarding script he sold as a spec to Fox 2000 last year; it’s in development. Allain is attached to produce “Core” with 3 Arts partner Erwin Stoff.

Saga of ‘Stagga’

Separately, Spellman has sold “Stagga Lee” to Netco Urban Entertainment, which plans to make the project into an online Flash-animated series tentatively skedded to bow on the Web this fall.

“It’s based on a folk hero named Stagga Lee who has been around since slavery,” Spellman said. “He’s the most pissed-off hero on earth. He’s so hard, he washes his toothbrush with whiskey. He’s called back into action when a musician who wants to bring peace to the world is killed. It’s your typical good-vs.-evil scenario.”

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