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Prod'n co. brings books to big screen

This article was corrected on May 11, 2003.

Radar Pictures has teamed with New Line Cinema on “This Lullaby,” an adaptation of the novel by Sarah Dessen (“How To Deal”), as well as “Son of the Mask,” which Radar will now produce for the studio.

In addition, Radar will adapt the David Ambrose thriller “Superstition” as the next project for its Platinum Dunes joint venture with Michael Bay.

Radar optioned Dessen’s “This Lullaby,” which Viking Children’s Books published last spring. It’s a story about a high school girl who cuts off boyfriends if they get too close, but finds herself challenged by a would-be summer fling.

Neena Beber, who also adapted “How To Deal,” will write the script. Radar will produce with Golden Mean Prods., a partnership between William Teitler and Chris Van Allsburg. Teitler and Van Allsburg produced the upcoming “The Polar Express,” based on Van Allsburg’s book. Teitler also produced Sony’s adaptation of Van Allsburg’s “Jumanji” with Radar predecessor Interscope Pictures.

Producing “Lullaby” for Radar is senior production executive Erica Huggins. Executive producers are Radar chairman Ted Field, president Scott Kroopf and Van Allsburg.

Radar is now in preproduction on “Son of the Mask,” which is set for a July 21 start. Kroopf and Huggins will produce, with Sean Gorman co-producing.

Kroopf told Daily Variety that “Son of the Mask” stemmed from Radar’s New Line relationships following the production of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” which will be released Jan. 16, and “How To Deal,” which will be released July 18.

Alex Sokoloff and Kimball Greenough are adapting “Superstition” for Radar and Platinum Dunes. Pic is a supernatural thriller about a college psychology experiment gone awry when students’ superstitions accidentally create a ghost.

Bay will produce with his partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, with Field executive producing.

Radar is in preproduction on U’s “The Chronicles of Riddick” starring Vin Diesel and Dame Judi Dench and in production on “The Last Samurai” starring Tom Cruise for Warners.

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