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‘Potter’ producer dogs duo to bag ‘Babel’ rights

Heyday will shop Parkhurst book to WB

“Harry Potter” producer David Heyman has teamed with producers Corey May and Michael “Dooma” Wendschuh to option screen rights to the Carolyn Parkhurst bestseller “The Dogs of Babel.”

They plan to attach a filmmaker and shop the book to studios. Since Heyman’s Heyday banner is Warner Bros.-based, that studio will be the first stop.

The peculiar novel revolves around a linguistics professor’s attempt to deal with the tragic death of his wife, who suffered a fatal fall from a backyard tree. The only witness is the family’s Rhodesian ridgeback, and the widower attempts to discover what happened by getting the dog to communicate.

Heyman said that by the time he sparked to the book, it had been optioned in galley form by May and Wendschuh. They are partners in Sekret Agent Prods., a banner that is developing “The Wind and the Willows” as a Guillermo Del Toro vehicle at Disney. Heyman hooked up with them.

“It is a beautiful and yet tragic love story about the lengths an unhinged man will go to to find the truth, and there is a supple yet interesting mystery built around it,” Heyman said.

Heyman has wrapped the third installment of “Harry Potter,” “The Prisoner of Azkaban,” and WB is talking with Mike Newell to direct the Steve Kloves-penned fourth chapter, “The Goblet of Fire.” Heyday’s Marc Rosen and Tiffany Daniel will oversee the pic.