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‘Dragon’ takes wing via Gitlin

Comicbook project 'Shi' also in works

Producer Mimi Polk Gitlin has inked a deal with Joshua Stern to script “Paper Dragon,” a family action-adventure about a boy and his ancient Chinese warrior pal.

Pic is based on a treatment by Andy Theo and follows a boy who is a Rubik’s Cube champ and computer whiz. Given an ancient Asian puzzle box, he finds a folded Chinese warrior inside that magically comes to life. The boy and the warrior embark on adventure.

Gitlin is producing “Dragon” under her own shingle, Gitlin Prods.

She co-founded Mandolin Entertainment with helmer Luis Mandoki (“Trapped”) three years ago.

Mandolin, which had a first-look deal with now-defunct Propaganda Films, is winding down.

Previously Gitlin ran Ridley Scott’s production shingle and produced “Thelma & Louise,” “White Squall,” and “The Browning Version.”

Gitlin has also optioned rights to William Tucci’s comicbook series “Shi.”

Sue Choi, who brought the treatment to Gitlin, is attached to produce with Gitlin.

Stern is set to direct his own script “Never Was” as an indie later this year. He is repped by William Morris.

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