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Scripter Brian Lynch (“Hop”) has signed an exclusive overall deal with Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment.

Lynch shared “Hop” screenplay credit with Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. It’s the tale of a slacker who accidentally hits the Easter Bunny with his car and is forced to save Easter himself. Universal has set an April 1 release date for the CGI-live action comedy produced by Meledandri with John Cohen.

Lynch has also written “Puss N Boots” for DreamWorks, “The Sims” for Fox and “Nightcrawlers” for Warner Bros. “Nightcrawlers” is centered on the adventures of an international coalition of kids whose job it is to combat monsters found under beds.

Lynch is repped by WME and Benderspink.