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Katz jumps into ‘Geronimo’

Script to focus on heir to lucrative Indian casino

John H. Williams’ Vanguard Films has tapped scribe Jordan Katz to write the live-action comedy “Geronimo Jones” for the DreamWorks-based company.

Plot revolves around a down-on-his-luck hustler who discovers that he is the last surviving member of a near-extinct tribe and the heir to a wildly lucrative Indian casino.

Williams, who produced DreamWorks’ animated hit “Shrek” and its upcoming sequel, will produce “Geronimo Jones.”

Vanguard has had a first-look deal with DreamWorks to produce live-action pics for the past eight years. It’s already produced Jackie Chan actioner “The Tuxedo” as part of the pact. DreamWorks has passed on “Geronimo Jones.”

Also in the works at Vanguard are “Geezers,” written by Kirk De Micco and Patrick Given, and “Prickett’s Charge,” which Focus Films has picked up.

Although Vanguard shepherded “Shrek” for DreamWorks, it also has a first-look pact with Disney to produce animated fare. Vanguard’s currently at work on “Valiant” for the studio.

Katz most recently penned “Assault on Norway,” a WWII actioner in development at DreamWorks. He also wrote the 1997 Warner Bros. thriller “Incognito,” helmed by John Badham and starring Jason Patric.

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