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Landscape makes nest for pair of Turtledove’s

Co. also developing untitled romancer, 'Fifth Street'

Landscape Entertainment is developing a time-travel romantic comedy based on two interconnected novellas by sci-fi writer Harry Turtledove.

Tomes “40 Counting Down” and “21 Counting Up” tell the story of Justin Kloster, a successful software designer whose wife divorces him. He goes back in time two decades to 1999, when they began dating, to confront his younger self. The first novella is told from the standpoint of the older Justin, the second from the perspective of the younger Justin.

Emerging Landscape

Formed a year ago by Bob Cooper, Landscape just finished production on the first pilot for its fledgling Internet division, headed by Jeff Wachtel. Titled “C-Scam,” project was penned by Larry Gelbart.

On the feature side, company is developing an untitled romantic comedy by Lance Khazei; “Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetah’s and the 2000 World Series of Poker,” for Jon Turteltaub to direct; Nicholas Christopher’s novel “Veronica”; and Gregory McDonald’s series of four “Flynn” mystery novels.

On the television side, shingle is developing “Sins of the Father,” a true tale revolving around the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Alabama.

‘Beauty’ mark

A former DreamWorks exec, Cooper was instrumental in bringing the Academy Award-winning film “American Beauty” to DreamWorks.

The Turtledove novellas were brought to Landscape by senior veep Marc Rosen, who recently joined the company from Lynda Obst Prods. The as-yet-untitled pic will be produced by Cooper and co-produced by Rosen.

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