Par books ‘Spellman’

Studio opens 'Files' for Ziskin

Paramount Pictures has optioned Lisa Lutz novel “The Spellman Files” for Laura Ziskin to produce.

San Francisco-set comedy concerns a family of private investigators who use their gumshoe skills not only to crack cases but to pry into one another’s personal lives. Generated by Gersh’s Gotham office, book caught the fancy of New York execs, including Par’s Patricia Burke, earlier this month.

Ziskin has a producing deal at Sony, but she was permitted by the author to take the book not only to that studio but also the Weinstein Co. and Paramount. The latter made the deal, and Par’s Marc Evans will shepherd development.

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